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."
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