Last week’s poll: range anxiety

BMW has become the latest car manufacturer to try to tempt drivers to go electric with rental schemes and range extending engines. But will this help convince consumers they don’t need to worry about electric vehicles running out of juice?

Scepticism over electric vehicles is still rife among respondents to The Engineer’s polls, it seems. The largest group of respondents to last week’s poll, 45 per cent, thought that rental schemes and range extending engines would not be enough to dispel range anxiety; only significant advances in battery capacity and charging time would do that. The next largest group, however, 22 per cent, thought that such schemes would help overcome misconceptions about electric vehicle range. A little over 19 per cent thought that people would always prefer to own a vehicle outright rather than hiring one, and the smallest group, 13 per cent, thought that such vehicles and hire models would become the norm rather than the exception.


What’s your opinion on this? Is there a generational issue at play here? Or are people too stubbornly attached to ICE vehicles to reconsider their usage patterns to take account of electric vehicle performance?