WHY YOU SHOULD USE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE?
India is the 3rd largest emitter of carbon dioxide gas in the world after China and the US. Every year our country produces about 2.5-3 billion metric tons of CO2. Most of the carbon emission comes from the energy sector, which is about 68.7% of total emissions and it comprises of Transportation, Fugitive Emissions, Fuel Combustion, Construction, and Electricity Generation.
The outpouring of CO2 from the road transport sector is directly related to the quantities of petrol and diesel consumed. These fuels are carbon-intensive as they contain 80-85% of carbon by weight. On combustion, these fuels release greenhouse gases along with other pollutants, thus contributing to the Green House Gas(GHG) effect. As the number of vehicles on the road is increasing, the consumption of fossil fuels is also increasing. A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This number can vary based on a vehicle’s fuel, fuel economy, and the number of miles driven per year.
The National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC) reports that there will be a five-fold growth in the use of road transport for passenger and freight by 2030-31. This growth will have a significant bearing on the overall GHG emissions of the country. Recognizing the need for decoupling the GHG growth from the transport growth, the Government of India has already taken several initiatives to promote the sustainable mode of transport in the country.
As responsible citizens, we also have to take steps for a green and clean environment. Shifting to electric vehicles is one of the significant steps for the improvement of nature.
BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
- Healthier for the environment.
An Electric Vehicle has no exhaust emissions, which means zero emission of CO2 and other harmful gases. Thus by choosing an electric vehicle, you can reduce your carbon footprint and pollution impact to help preserve our natural environment.
Also, by using renewable energy to recharge your EV, you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. If you use solar power to recharge the battery, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions even further.
As such, having an electric vehicle helps keep air cleaner and the planet healthier.
Electric Vehicles have the advantage of much lower running costs. EVs cost less than half as much to operate as petrol or diesel-powered vehicles. There are many Electric Scooters in India, which runs 70-80 kilometers in just Rs 10, which is very low as compared to a petrol-powered scooter.
Not only is electricity less expensive than petrol or diesel, but it also has a much more stable price point, meaning that you don’t have to worry about rapid price swings.
As battery technology continues to improve, the equivalent cost per km for driving electric vehicles will decrease in the future.
- Very low maintenance cost
The maintenance cost of an EV is much less than petrol/diesel-powered vehicles. EV has a lot less moving parts than a conventional petrol/diesel vehicle. All-electric vehicles don’t have much of the equipment specific to internal combustion engines like spark plugs, transmissions, radiators, oil and fuel filters, exhausts, and other gasoline-specific components. As a result, the cost of maintaining an electric vehicle is lower.
The overall cost of ownership of an EV for five years is almost half of the cost as compared to a petrol fueled vehicle.
- Other benefits
- Electric vehicles are quieter than other vehicles.
- EVs have a lower risk for major fires or explosions.
- Using EVs can lead to a decrease in petroleum imports in any country.
- EVs are lighter than other vehicles.
- EVs are equipped with more safety features.