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  • noun The fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination and would thus strand the vehicle's occupants, primarily used in reference to battery electric vehicles.


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  • “The problem of refueling is so significant that fans of electric cars have a phrase for it: range anxiety, the nagging fear that you’ll run out of juice before you can find a charge spot and be stranded at the side of the road.�?

    The New York Times, Batteries Not Included, by Clive Thompson, April 16, 2009

    April 23, 2009

  • range anxiety, n.

    The New York Times, 10 October 2015:

    Most people charge at home (using an electrical outlet) but also want to use public chargers, in part because the cars have a limited range — typically 80 miles. On top of this “range anxiety,” as it is called, drivers like the idea of getting a free or low-cost charge at a public station.

    October 15, 2015