Interested In An Electric Car? Here Are 5 Advantages Over Petrol & Diesel Cars

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Electric cars are being touted as the future of mobility in the world and could be your next buy very soon. However, petrol and diesel vehicles are going to be around for several years before EVs challenge the existence of internal combustion engines.

One of the reasons for many of the automakers diving into the EVs segment can be attributed to being eco-friendly and it acts as a stabilizer over the climate change that the current generation is witnessing. Here are five simple advantages of the EV over petrol or diesel cars.

1. No Tailpipe Emission

No means no exhaust for the vehicle, hence no pollution of the air and does not adversely affect health or greenhouse gases being added to the environment. This is indeed a clear advantage over the petrol and diesel cars.

This does not mean, that EV are zero pollutants, the power has to come from somewhere. Power plants which produces electricity do emit into the air and they shift the burden upstream in the energy cycle. You need to note that power plant emissions are easier to manage and much cleaner than internal combustion engines.

2. Lower Maintenance

EVs have lesser moving parts in their powertrains compared to the petrol and diesel vehicles. The maintenance period or intervals are omitted with the likes of oil changes, spark plug replacement, and among other services required by a complex by the petrol and diesel engines and gearbox.

Also, the EVs have regenerative braking which passes energy back to the battery, this relieves the friction brakes. Hence the brake pad, caliper, and maintenance is typically lower to favour the EV than the petrol and diesel vehicles.

3. Instant Torque & Silent Drive

People prized a quiet and silent car and that was the automaker's art to develop and produce a car which would be quiet with all the engine running. Nameplates like Rolls Royce used to one of those which aspired to be quiet and elegant.

Here is the EV, which gives you all that at no extra cost, and add to that is the torquey powertrain. Their motor has full torque from zero rpm onwards, depress the pedal and the EV darts from their position. Automakers of EVs around the world are trying to better their 0 - 60 sprint, Tesla for that matter wants to develop the EV to go to 60 than a $2 million hypercar.

4. Benefits & Schemes From Governments

Many countries are pursuing cut in carbon emission to the climate and are encouraging automakers to produce EVs. Take the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (FAME) scheme by the Indian government, incentives were offered upto Rs 1.38 lakh for cars.

Many manufacturers are taking advantages of the scheme and in turn you have a lower priced EV. This could be a initial boost for manufacturing EVs, but it does brings the importance of the EVs which will play a pivotal role in climate change and the country's contribution towards it.

5. Curb Foreign Currency Exchange

Financial markets are volatile when there is a change in the overall environment and the possibility of the foreign currency value going higher. This, in turn, impacts the payments towards the purchase of oil from other countries who trade in foreign currency than the local currency.

Most of the times, the country passes on the change usually the hike to the customer and you end up paying higher fuel cost. With EVs, you do not have to depend on the market for the prices, and the EVs run on 100 percent domestically sourced energy.

Observation

EVs are one of the solutions for our future generations to enjoy the best of climate and extreme climate changes. It can bring a lot of country's source of energy to be utilised beneficially. Having said that, the EV technology is still in the nascent stage and more has to be done so that it can reach the common man which will be affordable, climate conscious, and free of the guilt of polluting the environment.

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Story first published: Monday, September 26, 2016, 16:55 [IST]
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