The sale of electric vehicles in India tripled in 2021 compared to the previous year. With current events bringing our dependence on gas and oil into the spotlight now is a good time to look at why electric vehicles are becoming so popular. The range of EVs on the market has grown increasingly diverse with electric scooters and even dirt bikes now available.
Where the EV market is today
While advancements in battery technology mean that the range of electric cars are inching ever closer to that of their combustion counterparts there are other issues. One of the main concerns drivers have with EVs is the lack of supporting infrastructure which makes long distance travel difficult if not impossible. Thankfully, the surge in EV sales has been accompanied by equally impressive efforts to improve India’s EV infrastructure. The last year has brought a 250% increase in the number of charging stations across nine of India’s largest cities. This marks the beginning of a plan to install a further 22,000 stations across the country. Electricity as a fuel source is both a more eco-friendly and reliable option than diesel or petrol. As we are currently seeing, the impact of global events on fuel supplies can significantly raise the running costs of your car. You might ask “ how many watts does an electric car use? ”. Well the answer hugely depends on the motor and battery capacity of your car. Typical electric cars have a range of around 300 kilometers but some (such as the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus) can reach over 600 kilometers on a single charge. While electric cars are still more expensive on average, many states offer incentives with some as high as 40% of the vehicle cost in the case of two-wheel vehicles.
The safety benefits of electric cars
By their nature, electric cars are high-tech vehicles. As a result they often come equipped with the latest technology. Electric cars equipped with regenerative braking are able to extend their range by recovering energy lost when the vehicle brakes. Many modern car safety features are the product of the autonomous driving research conducted by companies such as Tesla. Adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking are two examples of semi-autonomous safety features. They are designed to compensate for lapses in focus and slow reaction times drivers may suffer by automatically keeping the vehicle in lane and a safe distance from other vehicles. To support these autonomous features, electric cars come packed with a range of sensors and processors. This allows the car to monitor and warn the driver of pedestrians, traffic and surfaces in close proximity to the vehicle.
With so much development, electric vehicles are quickly becoming a viable choice for modern drivers. Long distance travel has until now been the bane of EV drivers. Thankfully government schemes coupled with rapid advances in battery technology mean that this will soon be rectified. Indeed, EVs are quickly becoming the most economical, eco-friendly and safest option for motor transport.