The term “range anxiety” began fading into the rear view mirror recently, as major automakers made announcements about longer-range, battery-powered cars.

Charles Murray

September 28, 2016

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What's Happening to Range Anxiety? New EVs Offer More Miles

General Motors said its anxiously-awaited Chevy Bolt will churn out a surprising 238 miles on a charge when it reaches production later this year. And Tesla Motors announced the release of its Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode, which offers an astounding all-electric range of 315 miles. That’s the best ever by a major automaker’s electric vehicle. Meanwhile, Tesla continues to work on its lower-cost Model 3 EV, which it says will offer a range of more than 200 miles.

At the same time, Ford, Hyundai and Volkswagen are preparing to make electric vehicle announcements for the 2017 model year.

How do those compare with the rest of the auto industry? From the Bolt and the Leaf to the Model S Ludicrous mode, we offer a peek at the current crop of new battery-powered cars, along with their all-electric ranges, so you can judge for yourself.

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General Motors rocked the automotive world when it recently said its highly touted Bolt electric car would top out at 238 miles of all-electric range. The vehicle, which was expected to come in at 200 miles, will be the auto industry’s first mainstream, long-range electric car when it hits showrooms later this year. It’s expected to cost $30,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. (Source: Chevrolet)


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Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 32 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and autos.

About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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