• Apr 27th 2011 at 1:01PM
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We know that General Motors has tried to trademark "range anxiety," but did someone in the company actually come up with the term? In an interview with Txchnologist, GE's new science and technology magazine, Posawatz said:

I think I am not officially credited, but I probably coined the term in the Fall of 2006. We were doing backgrounders for the Volt with many different constituencies to try them give them a feel for what GM's plans were for electrified transportation.
I elaborated on the term when I spoke to our former EV1 drivers. They never liked to plan their life around the available range – and whenever you got low on the range you could not be spontaneous with your life.

The idea of range anxiety isn't new – our own Gary Witzenburg has written a great tale about dealing with a BEVs limited range back in the EV1 days – but we admit we're unsure when the phrase entered general use. We found one citation that dates back to 1997, so probably Posawatz isn't the originator he thinks he is. Still, we wanted to see if our readers is anyone can remember how this term came to be used. Thoughts?

Also, we're pretty sure our friend Wayne Gerdes coined "hypermiling," but if anyone has any information to the contrary, we'd be happy to hear about that, too.

[Source: Txchnologist]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. A quick search in Google finds several references to "range anxiety" around 2003. I'm sure I could find some earlier if I boithered to dig any further. So no cookie for you, Mr. Posawatz
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      I like EVSuperhero's term he coined.... range extender anxiety! When you have a range extender and are anxious that it is going to kick on and start ******* down gas Sorry, i couldn't help myself ;)
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        apparently the word "suck ing" is censored on here, lol
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        this week in unnecessary censorship : ) the censorship actually makes it seem much more lewd. and yes range extender anxiety is a good thing. that's why plugin hybrid is so much better than useless prius type hybrid. it gets you addicted to battery drive and next time you want more battery range and less ICE.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Who cares who initiated the term(I thought I did). GM successfully eased anyone's anxiety about range, with this revolutionary and completely versatile design. I can see this basic design being modified for many of the GM brands, and I am eager to see how good the 2nd generation version will be. After the long and hyped wait, It was worth it.
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