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No reason for electric car owners to have range anxiety

Electric car sales are growing strongly, and during the winter in Sweden there have been reports of electric cars stuck in snow chaos and where electricity has run out. Do you need to be concerned?

Some people are still thinking about whether to really choose a pure electric car over plug-in hybrids. “We make a lot of long journeys with the car. You don’t want to be stuck in the woods without electricity.” And there have been articles about electric cars stuck in snow chaos and where the electricity has run out to keep warm.

Is this true? Do you need to be concerned about not being able to reach your goal?

No, you don’t have to. And there are several reasons for this. Electric car sales are growing strongly, which means that the charging infrastructure is also being expanded quickly. And there are also more and more electric cars with longer ranges. Let’s look at these different arguments.

We can see that sales of electric cars are increasing rapidly. In 2021, the number of registered electric cars in Sweden has increased from about 2,500/month at the beginning of the year, to more than double the last months of the year. In total, more than 60,000 electric cars will have been registered by the end of the year. And the number of plug-in hybrids has decreased from about 7,000 per month at the beginning of the year, to about 5,000 by the end of the year, just below the number of electric cars. It is estimated that half of the cars sold will be electric cars between 2025 and 2026.

If we include plug-in hybrids, about 5% of the passenger car fleet is now rechargeable. Electric cars make up about 1.75% of the passenger car fleet.

The range of electric cars is also increasing. Most electric cars today have at least 300 km of range. More and more new electric cars are at a range of around 500 km. And the electric car with the longest range right now is the Mercedes EQS with a 770 km range. This means that most people do well with charging at home, except on longer trips.

As the number of electric cars increases, so does the number of charging stations and charging points. In 2021, the number of public charging points in Sweden has increased by about 17%, according to statistics from Power Circle.

There are now more than 2,600 public charging stations in Sweden, with together over 14,000 charging points, of which more than 10% are real fast chargers, with DC and require Combo EU sockets, which are only available on pure electric cars.

One dilemma that you can experience as an electric car owner is that many of the suppliers of charging stations, want their own concepts for payment. They want to lock you up to their stations. But it doesn’t work, so tight with charging stations has no actor. This means that if you are going to make a real long trip, you may need 5 different charging cards, 4 apps and two tags.

The European Commission is discussing introducing requirements for the ability to pay by regular credit card, or via smartphone. Germany has already decided that from 2023 this must be possible.

But already there are opportunities to get closer to a common payment solution. The Chargemap app, which is one of the best ways to find charging stations, has created a Chargemap Pass, which makes it possible to pay for charging in many different actors’ charging stations. Out in Europe there is a high coverage rate, but even in Sweden it is getting interesting. There are currently about 200 connected charging points in southern Sweden, but this is constantly increasing. If you live in Stockholm or the south of it, you can do well with this pass.

Most new electric cars also have very good navigation systems that show where charging stations are located, and where to charge. It also shows how many charging points are available.

So in conclusion, everything points to the fact that you don’t have to have any range anxiety. The range is often sufficient and increases in new cars. The number of charging points is expanding at a high rate, and soon you won’t need as many different cards, etc. And the car will help you find suitable charging points.

So go for an electric car. Don’t buy a plug-in hybrid, it’s not needed, and the question in the long run is what the resale values will look like.

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