A CAR expert has explained that driving an electric vehicle makes her more nervous while refueling.
Abigayle had just driven her Hyundai Ioniq 5, an electric car, exclusively for a week.
She felt different as she entered her traditional lifeVehicle.
“I really need to fill up my car. I have 8 percent left, 39 miles,” Abigayle said in a video posted to her TikTok account (@shetalkscars).
“Why am I not worried about that?”
She said that she never gets nervous when filling up in the diesel car.
“Sometimes I literally play fuel light bingo and drive by gas stations knowing I need the fuel,” she said.
“But with the electric drive I get a little panic attack, even though I’ve covered a lot more kilometers.”
Abigayle thought her mind was playing tricks on her.
“I think range anxiety is something that’s quite psychological because we’re all playing gas light bingo without a gas car,” she said.
But she has a similar feeling when fossil fuels are scarce, the car expert noted.
“But what if petrol and diesel are hard to come by? The same, right?” she said.
Abigayle then took the conversation to the comments section of her video.
“There are more gas stations than charging stations, so concern about range would be a bigger issue than complacency about fuel economy,” said one TikToker.
“I think it’s because we’re thinking about what the worst case scenario would be if we ran out of money,” said another.
“Electric = car towed, diesel = run to the gas station to get a can.”
Another wondered if a practical emergency backup like this would ever be invented for electric vehicles.
“Maybe one day,” Abigayle.
But there was one commenter who said the TikToker’s concerns were unfounded.
“That’s because it’s new,” they said of electric vehicle technology.
“Once you’ve driven an electric vehicle for a while, it becomes nothing.”