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93% of Daily Driving is Within EV Range

Written by on January 19, 2012

A study conducted by Columbia University Ph.D. students found that 93 percent of daily car travel done in America is within the battery range of electric vehicles.

The students analyzed data from the National Household Travel Survey where people reported the miles driven on individual trips and over the course of an entire day.  The study found that 95 percent of one-way trips were 30 miles or less, far below the battery range of the EVs on the market today.  Further, 93 percent of cars traveled less that 100 miles in a full day.

The 100-mile range mark is the standard goal for most automakers right now.  Not every automaker has hit that mark exactly, but most are coming close.  For instance, Nissan claims a 100-mile range for the LEAF, which applies to ideal driving conditions, while the EPA gave it a 73-mile range rating based on real-world driving.  The Honda Fit EV, coming out this year, will have a range between 76 and 123 miles depending on driving conditions.

Battery range will continue to improve as technology moves forward and automakers get better at manufacturing EVs and as that happens, less and less people will be able to have “range anxiety.”

via Grist


6 Responses to “93% of Daily Driving is Within EV Range”

  1. The main problem that needs addressing is the weight of the vehicle batteries. Electrification of the motorways might be the most practical solution to this, and would potentially

  2. Slowking says:

    [quote]However, adding more cars to the mix does not improve environmental conditions. It just moves pollution from roads to power plants and battery manufacturers. [/quote]
    This argument gets really tiring. Even if you burn Oil in an old, unefficient plant, it will still be way more efficient than a gas engine. So EVs are a huge step up. All the othr things you list, really are pipe dreams, except maybe public transportation. But that will only really work in citys and not everybody lives in a big city.

  3. Ronald Brak says:

    Not Perfect, But Definitely an Improvement
    Hmmm, let’s see, manufacturing several hundred kilos of batteries in a modern factory, or extracting 10,000 liters of oil, refining it, burning it in my car and blowing the result out my tailpipe. I wonder which would be less toxic? I’m guessing the batteries. And there is also the advantage of producing less CO2 than an internal combustion engine car. This would be especially true where I live where about 50% of electricity comes from natural gas and 20% from wind. So while electric cars are not perfect, they are an improvement.

  4. This makes sense.
    Well yeah, 30 miles or less is most of our drives, who drives 40 miles to the grocery store? But yeah I can see how most people in California drive 40 miles to work.

  5. IT Rush says:

    This is Good News
    Hope to see a hundred percent daily driving range. Is it really possible? Hmm, lets just hope.

  6. More cars is not the answer
    It’s encouraging to know that modern automobile useage is well within the range of electric vehicles.

    However, adding more cars to the mix does not improve environmental conditions. It just moves pollution from roads to power plants and battery manufacturers.

    The biggest drawback in use of electric vehicles is not their range, but their use of batteries. Batteries are incredibly toxic to manufacture and recycle when they are depleted.

    Furthermore, more cars, even more electric cars, means more roads, more car infrastructure, more pollution from tire rubber and bake linings, more congestion, more consumption. What we need is fewer cars, walkable and bikeable cities, communities with mixed zoning, less incentives to commute and more incentives to use public transportation.

    Bowing to public dependence on private automobiles is unsustainable.