Driving Towards the Future: The Demand for Longer-Range Electric Vehicles in America

For Americans, the open road is freedom, but the need to stop and charge is seen as an intrusion.

Americans demand the longest ranges in the world, roughly a third more than the global average.

US road travel totals about 4 trillion miles per year, a third more than any other country.

The problem is that a car rated for 250 miles of range doesn't actually provide 250 miles of reliable range.

All of these factors together can easily reduce the usable range on a 250-mile battery down to 90 miles.

A little quirk of EV charging is that it's typically much faster to add a few miles of charge to a big battery than to a smaller one.

But this battery-maximizing strategy rests on the myth that supplies can't grow any faster, a notion debunked by a century of mass manufacturing.

Another way battery supplies are growing is with range-expanding battery chemistries that increase output using the same amount of key materials.

Giant EVs like the 400-mile-range Chevy Silverado pickup coming later this year have roughly the same lifetime environmental footprint as a gasoline-powered Honda Civic.

Longer ranges can help address range anxiety and make EVs more practical for longer trips as sought by a wider majority of American people.

Ultimately, longer ranges can have a positive impact on EV adoption in the US, as charging infrastructure continues to expand and battery costs continue to fall.

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