While electric vehicles are an attractive option for car shoppers, AAA found that more than half of Americans are hesitant to make the switch due to “range anxiety” — the concern over running out of charge or having too few locations to charge a vehicle. This fear persists despite the fact that U.S. drivers report an average round-trip commute length (31 miles) and time (46 minutes) that are well within the range of the more than 100 miles of range that most electric vehicles offer.
Range anxiety stems from seeing gas stations, not charging stations, on every corner. While electric vehicles may not yet fit every lifestyle, the number of charging stations has quadrupled over the last five years and battery ranges support average commutes.
To assist with range anxiety, drivers of electric vehicles can find the closest charging station via the AAA Mobile app or AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner. In 2017, charging station availability has grown to more than 15,000 locations across the United States. Ohio has more than 200 charging stations around the state, with more than 30 located in the Cincinnati area.
The following local AAA Car Care locations are equipped with electric charging stations and air stations to use free of charge:
- Huber Heights: 8381 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights
- Beavercreek: 3870 Kemp Road, Beavercreek
Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the green vehicle industry can be found online at www.AAA.com/greencar. Additional survey data, study methodology, infographics, photos and video can be found at NewsRoom.AAA.com.
Every month in Life, Cindy Antrican, Dayton-based public affairs manager for AAA Allied Group, Inc., provides traffic safety tips and information for motorists. Email: CAntrican@aaa-alliedgroup.com.
In 2017, the following vehicles earned AAA’s Top Green Vehicle award:
Overall: Tesla Model X 75D
Subcompact car: Chevy Bolt EV Premier
Compact car: Volkswagen e-Golf SE
Midsize car: Lexus GS 450h F Sport
Large car: Tesla Model S 60
Pickup: Ford F150 XLT Super Crew
SUV: Tesla Model X 75D