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Submission + - Lack of experience with EVs leads to anxiety.

Rom writes: Good clean tech reports on a study done on Electric car owners that claims they have "range anxiety". I thought about it and I can understand that. http://www.goodcleantech.com/2009/08/study_electric_car_owners_have.php The study states that even though the EVs used in the test had a range of 93 miles, some drivers refused to even go further than 10 miles away from a charger. There is a lot of experience with gasoline as a fuel and how it runs out. There is almost no experience with EVs running out of juice. Consider how many "I was driving on fumes!" stories you have you heard vs. how many "I was on my last electron!" A vast majority have yet to own and electric car and therefore have no experience with how EV battery technology will behave as the battery dips into the 10% charge range leaving a fear of it draining unpredictably. Does it always drain the same? Does it drain faster or slower in cold or hot weather? So I was wondering if anyone knows of any stories or videos of EVs as they dump the last of their charge, how and how soon they signal the driver that they are low, etc.

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