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Old 09-03-2011, 01:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I think that the idea of public charging and the term range anxiety comes more from home conversion electric cars, where you have cars that have a 20 mile range because they have a small trunk and were done on the cheap and the owner wants to be able to charge in public because it's 10 miles to get home.
But in the OP the link had a video clip of a guy who had "50 miles" of charge left and was driving to place that was 48 miles away, if you are in a gasoline powered car this will freak you out! because when your gas tank is empty it only has air left in it, there is no wiggle room, when your low fuel light comes on your car does not automatically go in to Eco mode, it doesn't limit your speed to a reasonable speed to help make sure you get every mile that is left, nope, your gasoline car just keeps chugging along until it's just chugging and stalls.
If the battery on an electric car has 0% charge left, chances are you can still drive it in to your garage, but a gasoline powered car you will have to push.
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