Electric vehicles are the future, rather, the trend in fighting pollution. At the Happy Cities Summit 2018, which is taking place in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, the main discussion or attraction is electric vehicles. At the on-going summit, Tata Motors is displaying the Tigor EV, and Mahindra, the e-Verito.
The Tigor EV has a 72 volts battery capacity and can do a mileage of 100kms on a single charge. The battery in the Tigor EV takes eight hours to charge with AC power source; however, with a DC power source, the battery takes only 90-minutes to charge.
The Tigor EV costs around Rs 11 lakhs, and for this price, you get all the features a regular car has, i.e., air conditioning, power steering, power windows, etc. The Mahindra e-Verito, on the other hand, costs Rs 12.5 lakhs and offers a similar battery (72 volts) and charging time (regular charging: eight hours; power charging: 90-minutes).
The Andhra Pradesh government aims to make the state — pollution free. Last month, Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu opened up the doors to electric vehicle manufacturing companies to set up base in the state. He also commented, "Electrical automobile market should be produced here. This is the cluster we are thinking and the hub we want to create. My government aims to make Andhra Pradesh totally pollution free."
The move towards electric vehicles is good news, as the Air Quality Index (AQI) is getting unhealthy. Take Delhi for example, currently at an AQI of 239, which is very unhealthy. With States like Andhra Pradesh fighting pollution, more manufacturers will soon join the electric vehicle bandwagon.
Which manufacturer do you think needs to be present in the electric vehicle segment and fighting pollution? Maruti are you listening...