Electric Car was past and future too for sure, because it is not to save petrol price or to only care about environment. It is that change for betterment which drives the humanity. We want all new mobile with new functionality even we are not utilizing all functions at full extents.
Let’s talk about today. If one want to buy electric car today, he must be a unique person in choice. But one may have one or more of objective and motive from below. You want electric car because
it running cost is low
it saves the environment
I love new technology
If your answer is ‘1’ or ‘2’ you are taking wrong decision at this stage, but is your answer is ‘3’, you must go for it.
When engineer develops new technology they are committed to lots of new features & benefits for safety, comfort and economy.
Now let’s compare the case with mobile phone in brief. It will give few idea about future of EVs. Because mobile is also portable device which work on battery like EVs.
Mobile comes in market with limited features and small display even not colored. So it required very small battery in term of energy.
After when technology introduced larger screen and so many features challenges of everyday charging mobile comes across. Because no one were used to put there mobile to charger every single day. Initially it was resisted by most.
But we know the fact, now a days we used to care our mobile like our baby and keeping all time with putting on charge timely.
So, point is that, currently we are not used to charge the vehicle at home or at charging station. But if one can image, we all are going to be habitual for charging vehicles at home and charging station.
Government also knows about initial requirement of charging station before anything and so promoting and planning accordingly.
So one is buying electric car today, they will definitely remain ahead in experience of new technology. Few benefits to electric car over petrol/diesel are as follow.
Electric Propulsion is very simple and most reliable. So maintenance will be very very less. Recall your last train travel, as most trains runs on electric motors now a days and we never heard about motor fails in between station. So if possible for such a large power, reliability and capability of motor is not an issue at all.
It eliminate requirement of gears, oil and differential which improves ground clearance ans overall stability too. Search for ABB electric car in formula race this year.
Most important is silent and vibration-less performance.
App based diagnostic support.
Shape adaptability and simplicity of electric propulsion system will results in endless shapes and models of EVs.
Most electric vehicle companies show that the cost of fuel of an electric vehicle is very low as compared to that of gasoline vehicles.
But the truth is different.
Although I have explained it many times through the blogs and videos, here I am trying to male it simple.
Here is the simplest way to know the real cost of fuel of an electric vehicle.
First thing is that the cost of electricity bill is not the real cost of fuel, the major portion of fuel cost is the battery cost, which means battery replacement cost.
Battery is the consumable fuel like petrol as it lasts for several kilometers only, whereas the cost of electricity bill is an additional little cost. Thus it is important to know the cost of the battery and its range.
For example If a battery costs Rs.50,000 and the company claims that it lasts for at least 50,000 km, then the battery cost is Rs.1 per km. That means your EV will cost you (Rs.1 + Electricity cost )/km.
Here electricity cost will be very less for example if it is Rs.0.4/km then total cost of fuel is Rs.1.4/km. Thus if your gasoline vehicle costs you Rs.2/km then you can save Rs.0.6/km with an electric vehicle.
Also consider the price hike in battery cost after 3-5 years will cost it even higher.
Electric Vehicles are much more superior than the IC engine vehicle like no- vibrations, no noise, no maintenance, no air pollutants etc. Thus the saving in cost is the additional benefit of an electric vehicle and not the main driving force to shift from IC engine to Electric Vehicles.
How to know battery cost?
Simply ask the dealer for battery cost or ask for purchasing additional batteries to know battery cost. If the dealer doesn't know the battery cost, you can estimate it from battery capacity ( kwh - battery voltage x Battery Ah)by considering Rs.20000/kwh. For example 72V, 42Ah battery means 3.024kwh battery which may cost Rs.60000 after 3-5 years.
Also ask how much range the company claims for the battery before the requirement of replacement.
Note that this is not about discouraging the buying of electric vehicles because at the end Electric Vehicle is more beneficial in many ways and it is the only future of the automobile industry. This is only to make buyers aware of the reality.
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