One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society released a study in March that I thought sounded silly. "Understanding the Impact of Electric Vehicle Driving Experience on Range Anxiety" argued that consumers are still afraid of acquiring EVs because of the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. I figured the advancements in EV technology, including some models' on-board indicators of mileage remaining on the charge and locations of an ever-growing number of charging stations, would have stamped out the range anxiety cited in the report by "the world's largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals."
|Battery don't fail me now!|
But I must confess that when I recall my recent week with a 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, I start getting the range-anxiety shakes.More »