How often do electric cars run out of charge?

I’m thinking about buying my first electric car, but I have some concerns about range and how often I’ll need to charge it. How often do electric cars run out of charge?

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Answer provided by
Allison Stone
Answered on May 17, 2022
How often you’ll need to charge your new electric car will depend on your EPA range rating. The estimated driving range and charge time of your electric car will be available on the Fuel Economy and Environment Label or at fueleconomy.gov, but mileage may vary depending on:
  • Battery age
  • Extreme temperatures and weather conditions
  • Elevation
  • Speed
  • Charge capacity
For example, if you’re driving a new Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD, the EPA range rating is 358 miles.
On a full charge, you should be able to drive an estimated 358 miles before needing to charge again, but extreme cold, extreme heat, inclement weather, driving uphill, battery age, and going high speeds can deplete your range faster than the EPA estimated mileage.
In order to optimize your battery’s life and performance, it is also recommended that electric cars are not charged fully to 100% every time they are charged. Limiting your charging capacity to 80 or 90% will cut into your range, but it will prolong your battery’s life overall.
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