Overcoming Range Anxiety: Tips for Stress-Free EV Charging


If ‘range anxiety’ and charging concerns are holding you back from switching to an electric vehicle, you’re not alone. More than half of UK drivers have raised concerns over charging as a reason why they won’t buy an electric vehicle. But are these concerns justified?

Despite the concerns, demand for EVs is growing. Experts anticipate almost500,000 EV sales in 2023, as more and more people decide to go greener and go electric.

Is it possible to overcome range anxiety and enjoy more sustainable travel? Take a look at our handy tips to enjoy stress-free EV charging.

What is range anxiety?

The term ‘range anxiety’ comes from the fear that an electric vehicle will have insufficient range to reach its destination. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Limited range on some EV vehicles
  • Lack of charging infrastructure
  • Concerns over battery life

However, in the UK, owning an electric car is becoming easier and easier. Thanks to a variety of charging points, including rapid charging, most people find charging their vehicles to be straightforward. EV technology continues to improve, with wider battery ranges being introduced, in addition to more affordable vehicles. Energy costs are also beginning to drop, providing more good news for EV owners.

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How to overcome range anxiety?

If you’re worried about range anxiety, then the good news is that there are ways to overcome it. From better planning to making the most of what’s around you, you can learn to embrace your EV and make driving a stress-free experience. 

Plan ahead

Planning ahead is one of the easiest ways to overcome your range anxiety. You should be aware of how much charge your vehicle has, how far you need to go, and whether you’ll need to charge en route. With this information, you can locate suitable charge points and plan breaks in your journey to allow for charging.

It may take some time to get used to planning ahead, but it will become second nature as you get used to driving your EV.

Make the most of charging apps and maps

Finding suitable charging points couldn’t be simpler. There are chargers located all over the UK, including free chargepoints, giving you flexibility while you travel. Downloading charging apps and maps will help you find charging points on the road, and some EVs even have built-in charging maps to help you find suitable chargepoints in range.  

Take advantage of off-peak hours

Being smart about when you charge your car can help you avoid some of the difficulties that come with charger availability. You could find that there are more public charge points available at off-peak times, while off-peak hours also have reduced charging costs.  

Install a charge point at home

Having a charge point installed at your home allows you to charge your car easily and conveniently. Designed to provide low-speed charging at home, you could charge your car overnight to help give you the range you need.  

Use fast charging stations to charge in a hurry

There are different types of chargepoints for EVs: low-speed, fast and rapid. If you opt for fast or rapid charging, you can charge your car to an acceptable level in a hurry, which is ideal for longer journeys or when your battery level is running low. Know where your fast charging points are to help make your driving experience hassle-free. 

Use charging facilities at work and other destinations

Does your workplace have EV charging facilities? Maybe your regular destinations like the supermarket or gym have their own EV chargepoints? Do some research where you can charge your car regularly and conveniently to help you develop a routine. 

Stay on top of the latest EV developments

The EV world is constantly developing, and as demand for EV cars rises, there are sure to be increases in the number of public charging points in the UK, as well as longer ranges for newer cars. Make sure your apps are up to date to discover the latest chargepoints, and keep a close eye on motor news to stay in the loop. 

Enjoy convenient EV charging with chargepoint installation from phs Compliance

At phs, we’re committed to helping to develop the EV infrastructure in the UK. This is why we provide comprehensive EV charging solutions to help you benefit from convenient charging solutions, while reducing your carbon footprint. We install different types of Pod Point chargers to meet different needs, andprovide ongoing maintenance and support to help you keep your chargers in working order.

With the latest smart technology and fully compliant installation services, you can trust phs Compliance to meet your EV needs. Get a quote for electric charge point installation and help us combat range anxiety for a brighter future for electric vehicles.

To learn more about our services or how we can increase compliance, reduce the risk of incidents, and save you money, get in touch now!

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