Top Reasons to Consider Buying Electric Car in India
Top 10 Reasons to Consider Buying an Electric Car (EV) in India Right Now - 2021
The number of people buying electric cars are slowly but surely increasing in India and that is due to many factors like more availability along with rising fuel prices. In this article we will look at various reasons for you to consider buying an electric car in India.
1. No Longer are EVs Very Expensive - One of the Most Affordable Best Selling Electric Car in India is the Nexon EV
The Nexon EV prices start at Rs 13.99 lakh with the top end priced at Rs 16.4 lakh and a claimed range of 312 km which means EVs are practical and affordable in India now. You can get the much cheaper Tigor EV with a 200+ km range at Rs 10.59 lakh. Upwards the MG ZS and the Hyundai Kona give ample range of more than 300km in the real world along with being accessible. The ZS prices start at Rs 20.99 lakh and the Kona is priced at Rs 23.75 lakh.
2. EVs are Getting More Accessible in India with Special Government Incentives, Benefits and Discount
Electric cars are eligible for special government incentives like the FAME scheme along with states like Gujarat and Maharashtra providing total benefits upto Rs 2.5 lakh on electric cars to achieve 10 per cent penetration of EVs by 2025. There are several incentives like road tax and registration fees being wiped off along with central government benefits too. There are additional benefits like Rs 5,000 per kilowatt / hour of battery capacity available to potential EV buyers.
3. Electric Cars are Cheaper to Run as Compared to Petrol and Diesel Cars - No Fuel Price Hikes
The cost of an EV to run per km is much less than a petrol or diesel car. The running cost of EVs are also judged on cost per unit basis while some cities like Delhi offer lower tariffs for charging. Hence a Nexon EV costs about Rs 1/km to run over a petrol Nexon costing Rs 7/km as an example of petrol vs electric car running cost comparison.
4.Save Money on Vehicle Maintenance and Service Cost
Maintenance cost of an EV is much less than a petrol car with less components needing servicing plus the actual saving would be half of what a petrol car costs in terms of maintenance over 5 years. The electric cars don't need regular oil changes, cooling fluids, air filter replacement, spark plugs and more. The only parts which require maintenance in electric car are the suspension and tyres for example.
5. More and More Public Charging Stations are Being Added in India
There are approx under 2000 public charging stations which is growing in numbers all over India. In addition to the charging network providers installing new fast charging stations, car manufacturers are also installing charging stations at the car maker dealerships along with being present at houses and malls/offices in India.
6. Electric Cars are Much Better for the Environment and have Zero Emissions as Compared to Diesel and Petrol Cars
Buying an electric car can help to reduce your carbon footprint. There is no emissions or air pollution at all and is one of the most eco-friendly modes of transport available right now in the market. EVs also makes no noise reducing noise pollution and provides a more comfortable ride.
7. Lots of Electric Car Options Across Budget - Over 10 New Electric Cars Launching in India in the Next 12 Months
While choices are slowly growing, the Indian car buyer can expect some major launches in the EV space in the next 12 months with big car companies launching electric cars in the coming years. We will see the first Electric cars from Maruti and Toyota rumoured to be called Hyryder along with a new budget EV from MG. Hyundai, Tata and Mahindra are also planning to launch new electric SUVs by 2022 in India. Most of the luxury car manufacturers like Mercedes, BMW, Volvo, Jaguar, Tesla and Audi are also launching luxury electric cars with a range of over 500 km with prices starting at Rs 60 lakhs. EVs seem to be the future of cars in India too!
8. Improved EV Range on a Single Charge
Driving range is one of the most important criteria while looking to buy an electric cars. With improved battery technology, most of the electric cars being launched in India has a claimed range of over 300 km with the real world range of over 200 km making it a practical choice for daily use without any range anxiety.
9. Electric Cars are Easy to Drive in City
Electric cars are easy for first time drivers with the absence of clutch mechanism and gears to be selected based on driving situation. You can simply press the start button, choose drive on the gear selector and drive away. The power is available instantly.
10. Electric Cars have Comfortable Cabin and More Storage Space
Modern electric cars have more interior space with the flat cabin floor giving the rear-seat middle passenger more legroom to easily cross their legs and relax. There are more storage option for luggage with the absence of the IC engine in the front engine bay.
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