Is range anxiety a thing of the past? See what real electric car drivers have to say

Range is often stated as one of the biggest barriers people have when considering purchasing an electric car. Essentially, the range of the car is the distance it can travel on a single charge.

However, as electric vehicle manufacturers increase the range of their EVs with each release, the distance you can travel is constantly improving. Renault’s latest ZOE model, for example, has a range of up to 250 miles* on a single charge.

With these advancements, for owners that live with 100% electric and Plug-in hybrid cars range anxiety is a thing of the past.

We spoke to some of our Owners’ Club members to see what they had to say.

Mark Tebbutt from Chorley said he knew his Electric Vehicle (EV) had no problems with range after the test drive.  “I test drove the car on my 42-mile, each-way commute and still had loads of range remaining”, he said. Showing that you can use your EV in your everyday commute and not have to worry about range.

Julian Kemp from Exeter found that the range offered by his car allowed him to make a range of different journeys including “commuting and long-range trips”. In reference to the long trips he had undertaken, driving to “France to the LeMans 24h race in the GTE” was a highlight.

Making the switch to an electric vehicle has also been easy for Joanna Benbow from Taunton. Joanna commented that she uses her vehicle for all types of trips such as “driving to work, weekend trips to the beach, shops. I drive it every day and everywhere really.”

What do you think? With all the improvements in range, alongside an ever-growing number of charging points around the UK, it’s worth having a look at our new range calculator tool to see how far you could go. Visit the tool here.


* Range based on official NEDC test cycle and will vary on various factors including driving conditions, driving style, temperature and topography but is likely to be between 124 miles in winter conditions and 186 miles in temperate conditions with the Z.E. 40 battery (available on Dynamique Nav and above).

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