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TomTom and ‘range anxiety’

When TomTom asked drivers what they want as a solution, they responded universally: they want their cars to be able to calculate and manage all the complexities of route planning for Electric Vehicle road-trips on their own.

WGIC Secretariat November 22, 2021
The complexity of fixing range anxiety

Matthew Beedham, editorial and thought leadership writer at TomTom, wrote a blog, wholly dedicated to ‘range anxiety’. He observes this phenomenon ‘anytime electric vehicles (EVs) come up in conversation’. “Regardless of how you start the conversation, eventually it finds its way back to how far EVs drive and how much of a pain it is charging them. Naysayers lean on range anxiety as a reason not to buy an electric vehicle, whereas EV owners often say it’s not as much of an issue as it sounds. In truth both arguments are correct. Range anxiety is complex and ‘fixing’ it requires a comprehensive multilateral solution.”

Depending on the type of road, its characteristics and the route driven, the working range of a vehicle isn’t the same in every direction.

Charge at home or at work

In ‘The Complexity of Range Anxiety’, Beedham argues that the average daily mileage of driver comes nowhere near to the range that a single charge offers us today. In fact, most drivers would only need to charge twice a week. They could be fully serviced by a home charger or one at work. Especially given that a car spends 95 per cent of its time parked, it has plenty of time to recharge. However, this line of thinking is ‘too theoretical’ and simplistic. In his blog, Beedham explains how location data helps range extimation. Range Anxiety