Beating Range Anxiety: Mental Models (And How They Can Help You Be A More Confident EV Driver!)

From Transport Evolved.

We’ve talked about range anxiety on this channel a lot – and offered our own take on how to combat it on long-distance trips and during daily driving.

Sadly, many people seem to think that range anxiety can be solved with ever-increasingly large battery packs and ultra-fast charging, but as many established EV owners know, a lot of range anxiety can be combated through familiarity, and some changes in mental patterns.

Now there’s academic research to back that up, courtesy of Professor Frances Sprei from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and Professor Willett Kempton
from the University of Delaware. Called Mental models guide, electric vehicle charging, it discusses how EV owners can combat range anxiety by changing how they think about (and carry out) charging.


00:00 – Introduction
03:25 – How the study was carried out
05:08 – Sweden’s long-history with test fleets for EVs
07:20 – The three different charging modes discovered
11:05 – "Being engaged" in charging
12:39 – Hyper-fixation on gas-station experience
14:28 – How people percieve energy – and charge
16:42 – People treating EVs like mobile phones
18:29 – What are the biggest concerns about EV charging?
21:46 – Can Governments help?
24:12 – When does a transition of experience occur?
26:26 – Dealerships need to play their part
30:19 – Thanks and Goodbye!


– Professor Frances Sprei, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden:
– Professor Willett Kempton, University of Delaware :

Read their paper: Mental models, electric vehicle charging :

Presenter, Script, Audio: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Guest: Professor Frances Sprei, Chalmers University of Technology.
Camera, Editor, Colorist: M. Horton
Art and Animation: Erin Carlie
Producer: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
© Transport Evolved LLC, 2024

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