Electric vehicles(EVs) are growing in popularity and certainly in mind space. They are cleaner, eco-friendly and more efficient. Electric cars are certain to increase in numbers in the near future. While many nations have already made progress in establishing charging stations across regular intervals, the realm of EVs is still at its nascent in India.
The reasons for transitioning to all-electric sales are numerous. Firstly, India’s air pollution is worsening at alarming rates, contributing to 1.2 lakh deaths a year. India is heavily dependent on oil imports with a projected of ₹8500 crores ($85 billion).
Even as a clutch of automakers companies like Mahindra, Toyota, Suzuki Motors, Ford, Tata and Hyundai are ready to gear up to create an ecosystem and eco-friendly electric vehicles(EV). The Indian Government is trying their best and leaving no stones to turn our India into electric vehicle nation. The government is working on a scheme to provide electric vehicles on zero down payment for which people can pay out of their savings on expensive fossil fuels e.g: Petrol, Diesel.etc, by becoming an electric vehicle nation by 2030.
WHAT IS ELECTRIC VEHICLES?
The electric vehicles also referred to as EV, is one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. An electric vehicle may be powered through a collector system by electricity from off vehicles sources or may be self-contained with a battery, solar panels or a generator to convert fuel to electricity. EVs include road and rail vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electric aircraft, and electric spacecraft.
WHY ELECTRIC VEHICLES MUST BE USED IN INDIA?
• It helps the user save money
• It promotes a clean and safe environment
• It helps to reduce fossil fuels like petrol and diesel
• It helps to reduce pollution
• It produces zero emissions
• It is easy to maintain
• It proves beneficial for both the consumers and the nation in the long run
• Running cost is less
• It is eco-friendly
• One of the major hurdles is charging. It is not feasible to take an EV for a long distance journey due to lack of sufficient charging stations.
• Lack of charging infrastructure
• A lot of lithium-ion batteries are required
• Lithium-ion batteries are expensive as it requires a huge investment.
• Erratic power supply.
COUNTRIES ON EV DRIVE
The country’s EVs are the cleanest in the world as 98% of the electricity generated is sourced from hydropower. Norway’s capital, Oslo, has dedicated bus lanes for EVs, along with recharging stations.
By the close of 2016, Netherlands had recorded 113,636 registrations of high-way legal light-duty plug-in EVs. The Dutch parliament is currently focused on banning the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2025.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
By December 2016, the sales of EVs in the US were higher than they had ever been registered. While early adopters of the EVs charge their cars at home, the USA has deployed charging stations across the country for public charging.
“Electric cars are certain to increase in numbers in the near future. What will be interesting to see is how soon India adapts to it and implements it. The shift towards electric vehicles will also enhance India’s energy security, and reduce the nation’s oil import dependence.”
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