Video: InsideEVs Contributor Tom Moloughney Discusses Electric Vehicle Ownership; Says Range Anxiety is “Real,” But Not an Issue


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InsideEVs contributor Tom Moloughney guides us through the ins and outs of electric vehicle ownership in this here clip presented by BMW.

Moloughney, a former Mini E lessee and current BMW ActiveE lessee certainly knows what it’s like to own and drive and electric vehicle.  We’d say Tom is an expert in this field with 3 1/2 years of experience behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.

Tom hits on a few of the finer points of EV ownership, including range anxiety, which he says is “real,” but not a problem once you’ve driven the vehicle for awhile.

Mouloughney further says that EVs are so enjoyable that the notion of using it as your “other car” is basically absurd.  Instead, you’ll drive the electric vehicle, while the “other car,” likely a gas-burner, sits parked in the garage most of the time.

Check out the video for more insight on electric vehicle ownership, driving range and the joy of electrics, all told by a expert and occasional contributor to this here site.

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19 Comments on "Video: InsideEVs Contributor Tom Moloughney Discusses Electric Vehicle Ownership; Says Range Anxiety is “Real,” But Not an Issue"

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To me, it’s good that the video steered away from the “green” aspect, and just said how it’s more enjoyable to drive electric. I would also have mentioned it’s nice not going to the gas station anymore. That usually hits home with a lot of people.

Yes, yes, yes! I don’t know why this is so hard for people to understand. Its like trying to sell food that is “fat free” you have a limited market for that angle. Most people want delicious food. So we need to sell EVs on their other qualities! More torque and better 0-60 times is the way forward.

I agree! I have a Ford C-Max Energi and our family of 5 drives it everywhere. I have had it a little over two months and find we can get around to 75% of our driving needs on battery alone and this car only has a 21 mile battery range! After the battery is exhausted, the gas engine kicks in and provides 40 MPG. I would love to have an option to have a 5 gallon gas tank and a battery that goes 40 miles. Then our battery only driving would most likely jump to 85% or 90% and we would still have a 240 mile range. We also find the car very responsive and nimble and my wife who did not care for the car when I bought it, now wants to take it all the time. I believe when it’s time to update her car in the next year or two, it will be a 100% electric car. We do certainly not miss the weekly trips to the gas station.

More AER is what we all want. I’m debating making the full BEV plunge in 3-5 years (have a Volt now). It will all depend on what’s available and for what price.

Agreed kdawg. That has been my observation as well. I want MORE ELECTRIC. and MORE TORQUE the gas part takes a back seat. That’s why I think all this talk about a turbo range extender is silly.

Great discussion Tom. As you said in the video, It really is possible to sell EV’s just from the “fun to drive aspect”. Yeh you can sell it from a national security/oil point of view, you can sell it from an environmental point of view……but I have engineer friends. The environment and oil aspects they are not interested in. so I use the “fun to drive” angle. Engineers understand torque.

Thanks George. Yes I agree and that’s why I usually approach my discussions from that point of view. Yes, of course there are very legitimate environmental benefits, but I think the environmentalists already get it so I don’t need to appeal to them.

Fun to drive, energy independence, low operating costs, etc are things the average person wants to hear and doesn’t necessarily associate with electric vehicles which is why we need to tell them so.

+1, Great video Tom.

I use nearly the exact same description when explaining the benefits and add in the “wake up with a full tank everyday.”

Is BMW going to use your clip for TV?

Thanks Josh. “Is BMW going to use your clip for TV?” No comment. 🙂

LOL, I really doubt they would have the “EF-OPEC” plate on a national TV ad. Personally I think it’s funny as hell.

Tom the one thing I disagree with you is saying 80% of your driving is the electric cars. Seeing as I only have a volt and a roadster, that makes 100% of my driving EV’s. hehe.

Good one Bill. I also own a Toyota Tacoma that I use to plow my parking lot and driveway plus when I need to haul large loads for the business. My wife drives an Equinox when the ActiveE isn’t available for her to use but she definitely prefers driving the BMW. Her parents live 220 miles way so when we visit we take the Equinox, still about 80% of our total annual mileage is on the ActiveE. I have about 48,000 miles on it already and have only had it 16 months.

There must be a hundred posts on pleading GM to make a Voltec Equinox – it would be the perfect size and utility for a lot of people.

I know, many of them are mine! Personally I believe if they had made an EREV Equinox with a 25-35 mile AER and sold it for $45,000 to $50,000 I think they would have sold more of them than have sold Volts. That’s not bashing the Volt, because I think it’s a great EREV, but the price of the Volt has hurt its sales especially since it has only 4 seats. I think an AWD crossover with a Voltec drivetrain would be easier to justify paying over 40K for. I would definitely own one of them.

I am rooting for the Outlander PHEV to sell big numbers to scare GM into producing exactly that.

It is strange that Detroit doesn’t see how much easier it is to create a value proposition on the SUV platform. More room to hide the batteries, more utility, and much easier to establish a payback since an SUV has a higher sticker and lower gas mileage.

If they could bump up the Voltec AER to 50 miles for the Volt, then put the same system into an SUV/CUV with a 25-30 mile range, they could really hit some volume to drive the cost out. Move the Volt sticker down to $32,500 and set the SUV/CUV sticker around $42,500 – $45,000.

We’ll have to see how the Outlander PHEV does, that’s more similar to an EREV Equinox than any other current offerings.

Thanks Tim. I had meant to say Outlander, not Outback in my previous comment.

MOD EDIT (STATIK): Got that one fixed up for you, (=

As a Volt owner, I am fully onboard with the benefits of ANY brand of EV. However, I recently had a situation that only an EREV can handle. During a particularly cold week in March, I drove about 70 miles that day easily eclipsing my battery range and used gas for more than half of those miles. So whether I am driving the Volt or the Leaf, I would likely have been fine all day. Then I got the call from my daughter that she was in an accident on the highway and her car was undriveable. Fortunately, I just took off in my Volt and picked her up and had the car towed. But what if I had a pure EV that day? My wife happened to be home so I could have taken her car, but what if she were out of town? What if my neighbor wasn’t home? What if she couldn’t get a hold of a friend to pick her up? What if she were in the hospital and I had to get there to be with her? Fortunately, none of those “what if’s” were a part of my scenario but they easily could have and… Read more »

Back to the original video.. I’d like to comment about the range anxiety. I think a lot of people who have never ridden inside an EV do not really understand certain things. Many have experienced using something like an electric drill and it just eventually runs out of power without warning. And so I think people assume that you’ll be driving your EV around and it will suddenly start slowing down without warning and leave you stranded. Usually once people see how the battery state-of-charge indicators work people begin to realize that this isn’t going to happen.