The media likes a catchphrase and the motor industry makes for easy pickings. I’m thinking ‘road rage’, ‘Chelsea tractor’, ‘bailout’, that sort of thing. Be prepared for another, because if electric cars take off, ‘range anxiety’ will be on all our lips.
Range anxiety is worrying when your electric car will run out of juice. Specifically, whether it’s before you reach your destination. In this week’s Autocar we’ve road tested the all-electric Tesla Roadster, the first time in living memory we’ve road tested an electric car. Initially the Tesla brought with it the kind of range worries that car owners usually only experience crossing Australia’s Nullarbor Plain, but the fear passes quickly.