News

Blink charging does not rest on its laurels!

From EV Range Anxiety to Range Confidence!

Nervous about EV range anxiety when considering switching to an electric vehicle (EV)?No need to worry!
Let’s dig into this common concern and see how things are shifting toward a more reassuring state known as Range Confidence.
Come along as we explore a future where assurance takes the wheel, replacing those initial concerns.

What Are EV Range Anxiety and Range Confidence?

  • EV range anxiety is the fear of running out of power and getting stranded. Range confidence is the opposite.
  • Today’s EVs have higher battery capacity, allowing EV drivers to charge less frequently.
  • Increasing EV charging infrastructure at home, work, and on the go creates range confidence.
  • Level 2 charging supports home and work charging, and DCFC supports fleets and road trips.
  • The EV market is here and now.

 

The EV Market Has Made the Switch and You Should Too.

The electric vehicle (EV) market is here and concerns about finding a charging location for your EV are quickly diminishing.
Here’s what future EV drivers need to know about driving EVs with a sense of security and confidence.

 

 

What Is EV Range Anxiety?

The term “range anxiety” was a common association for early electric vehicle users, who were troubled by the fear of their battery electric vehicles (BEVs, also known as fully-electric vehicles) running out of battery power and the potential of being stranded on the roadside.

Experts contend that range anxiety is mostly psychological. Similar to ICE vehicle drivers who vary in how often they visit a gas station, EV drivers may also vary their charging habits based on personality and acceptable risk. As one German study on psychological range noted, “users tend to avoid critical and potentially stressful range situations planning for substantial range buffers… Range buffers are also likely present in conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles but they are more relevant for EV use.” As fueling or charging a vehicle requires monitoring and adapting vehicle usage, drivers must adopt their preferred “buffers” according to a risk assessment and understanding of themselves. That means creating a personal range buffer to reduce range anxiety.

EV drivers consistently say that their range anxiety is less of a problem once they start driving their EV. While new EV drivers cited running out of power as a barrier to buying an EV, the majority says they had range anxiety when they first purchased an EV, but it went away after a few months.”

2022 marked a peak year for the electric vehicle (EV) industry, as the popularity of electric cars surged, leading to robust sales figures. According to EV-Belgium, a contributing factor to this boom might be the significant increase in public charging stations during 2022. Our country saw the installation of as many as 13,000 public and semi-public charging stations last year.

 

Why Does Range Anxiety Persist?

It’s simple: drivers are accustomed to refueling at gas stations, and simply driving past one without stopping can induce a sense of unease about battery capacity. But what these internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle drivers don’t realize is that 80 to 90% of charging will take place at home or at work, while the driver is parked. The “top off” mentality of the EV means that drivers are unlikely to run out of charge because they typically “top off” whenever they see a charging station. With technological advancements and the widespread development of charging infrastructure, there is a shift from range anxiety to range confidence.

Blink Charging recently celebrated our second consecutive record quarter, with 5,956 charging stations contracted, deployed, or sold during Q3, and a new total of nearly 85,000 Blink charging stations worldwide. This expansion and contribution from various sources are promising as we anticipate new electric vehicle infrastructure. This means that EV owners can now relax and be assured that the EV community is here to support them.

 

How Expanding EV Charging Infrastructure Creates Range Confidence

Fundamentally range confidence all comes down to increasing the availability of electric vehicle chargers, which is unfolding thanks to investments from both public and private sectors.  Importantly, the rapid expansion of fast charging networks is also alleviating concerns about electric vehicle range during long-distance travel. Fast-charging stations have become more ubiquitous, reducing charging time and enhancing convenience for drivers travelling long distances.

 

The Importance of Home Charging Solutions for Range Confidence

Most EV owners regularly or always charge their vehicles at home. That’s why boosting confidence in BEV range is closely tied to having accessible and affordable home charging options. Charging at home means EV owners wake up with a full battery each day, avoiding the need for frequent stops at public charging stations.

 

 

Charging your Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at home can be done with a smart charging cable such as the Blink PQ 100.
This smart charging cable is designed for ease of use and portability.  The PQ 100 does not require installation and can be easily stowed in the vehicle’s trunk while on the go.

 

 

 

Another alternative is the Blink PQ 150 which gives EV drivers a convenient home charging alternative with the ability to recharge their vehicles anywhere at any time! With the Blink PQ 150, no installation is required when using the standard plug. Truly optimize your charging by using one of the smart attachments allowing you to charge up to 22kW(!) on industrial plugs, which you can easily install at home. Its compact size is easy to stow in your EV, simplifying charging at home and while on-the-go.

 

 

The Blink Curved Charger is a residential charging station that makes charging at home easy. Designed to be versatile and adaptable, with multiple installation options, amperage setup, and connectivity options. This residential charger offers variable power from 16 to 32 amps, suitable for single-phase and three-phase connection installations. Easy installation, combined with data connectivity, allows remote support and activation of back-office connections.

 

 

Today’s drivers are also looking for advanced Level 2 home chargers that offer quicker and more efficient charging. The Blink EQ 200 charger is a smart, affordable, scalable and compact charging solution suitable for small footprints. Available in various configurations, the EQ 200 can be tailored to meet the specific needs of nearly all market segments.

 

The EV Market is Now

The transition from range anxiety to range confidence stands as a significant milestone in the increasing acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles. Fueled by technological advancements, an expanding charging infrastructure, and heightened public awareness, drivers can now shift from EV range anxiety to range confidence.