Top 8 reasons to get an electric car
If you follow cars with any interest or generally keep track of developments in the auto world, you will know that the future of mobility is electric cars. Car-makers globally are devoting a huge portion of their time and resources to develop this tech and get it up to a feasible state. Interestingly, unlike in the past, regulators worldwide are playing a big part in this shift by coming up with laws and incentives to allow this technology to gain popularity quickly. The reasons for this are fairly straightforward.
Electric vehicles are surprisingly simple
20 moving parts compared to 2000 in a combustion engine. Conversely, a combustion engine is propelling you forward with a series of controlled explosions, so the complexities involved are mind-boggling. Lesser moving parts, mean fewer things can go wrong making the ownership experience simpler.
One of the key consumables is the advanced Li-Ion battery, which can function well for a long time without replacement. Time-bound maintenance is not required.
Electric cars have extremely low running costs
Electric cars cost less than conventional cars to run. This can sometimes be as low as Re 1 per km or lesser. Electric motors do not need constant maintenance. Electricity is a lot cheaper than any fossil fuel in most places.
They are very easy to drive
Electric cars also have direct drive transmissions which means no clutch and no changing gears. Driving these cars is a much simpler exercise and new drivers can take up these cars without a lot of effort. Research proves, that electric car drivers are happier than other drivers, due to reduced driving stress.
Superior driving experience
Electric motors make maximum torque right from the start, making them responsive and fun to use in city conditions.
No noise pollution
Electric motors operate in near silence. The noise and vibrations observed in combustion engine cars are absent. This means the daily commute can become calmer and stress-free.
There are no tailpipe emissions. This means that air pollution is not a factor.
Responsible source of power
The electricity used can also be generated responsibly by harnessing solar and wind energy. This means that the overall carbon footprint of an electric car is much lower than a conventional car.
In this situation, Mahindra electric's range of all-electric cars like the Mahindra e2oPlus and eVerito provide some undeniable benefits. To better understand how cost-effective these cars are, consider that a litre of petrol costs approximately Rs 84 in Mumbai. An automatic hatchback running on this fuel covers around 15 km in a litre. Conversely, a Mahindra e2o all-electric hatchback costs Rs 80 to get up to full charge. This gets you 110 km range, more than adequate for a regular urban commute. In this scenario, it is fairly easy to understand that for less money than what you would spend on a litre of petrol, in an electric e2oPlus, you can drive a 110km vis-a-vis only 15 km in a conventional petrol automatic hatchback.
The direct drive transmission in Mahindra all-electric cars is also great for city commutes. As said, automatic petrol hatchbacks are not the most fuel efficient and it's also not difficult to rack up some high maintenance costs in these. The simplicity of the direct drive transmissions in electric cars ensures that they're as comfortable and easy to drive as the automatics without the added struggles of high repair and fuel costs.
These benefits are more pronounced in India. Most car buyers here are extremely value-conscious and have long commutes through overcrowded city streets. Pollution is also an issue in bigger urban areas. Further, given that transportation infrastructure and discipline in road users is in its growth phase; an efficient, simple to drive car makes the daily commute less of a hassle.
With electric cars picking up pace globally, in India too, steps are being taken to make the urban mobility ecosystem more suitable for these cars. Both the central and state governments are working towards building infrastructure and bring about awareness. Home-grown carmakers are also tying up with agencies to streamline this shift and bring about some major changes in how people in this country travel.
To know more about the all-electric Mahindra e2oPlus and eVerito visit www.mahindraelectric.com
Team OD | 12 Feb 2019
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