Electric vehicles are the future or the apocalypse, what is the truth lets find out. Trade has been the driving force for humans and that has been prevalent for centuries now. The same goes for automobiles and when these two merge together, they create an environment that even our ecosystem is not able to consume. The initiation of the electric vehicles has brought us to one question, are they worth the hype? Will it be able to persuade the ever-flourishing arena of the automobile industry? Will it be worth the investment?
Future or the apocalypse?
It all started when Robert Anderson created a small-scale electric vehicle in 1832 and since then Electric Vehicles started paving a way for the future generations. It has been predicted for decades that electric vehicles are going to take over the internal combustions by storm but the sense of practicality and trust has long been an issue with EVs. When Tesla Model S started catching fire on their own it all felt like the end of these vehicles but the range and rising prices of fossil fuels dictated us otherwise.
The carbon footprint of IC engines is so high that we will have to consider Electric Vehicles as a serious option but the problem with EV is not very different. When it comes to disposing of the lithium-ion batteries it does double the harm to our ecosystem than a petrol-fuelled car in 15 years. So the question arises, is it the future or the apocalypse accelerator? It is, by all means, an accelerator as the disposing of the vehicle, the maintenance of it and the sheer cost of setting up a network put the manufacturers in dilemma.
Recently, Mahindra decided to cease the production of their famed EV called the e20 because of the decline in sales. Electric Vehicles are not cheap to manufacture like its counterpart the IC engines but they are not easy to maintain either. For a while, Manufacturers have boggled their minds with a vehicle that can attain a range in which the electric vehicle can be conceptualized as a daily commuting machine. They are even coming close to this target. Hyundai churned out its Kona EV that is supposed to run approximately 450kms in one single charge. If we are to even cover our country vertically that is from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Hyundai would need approximately 7 charging stations in between, which is feasible enough. But the question remains the same, is it work towards the betterment of our ecosystem?
The ‘homo-Erectus’ of EVs.
Not so long ago, the father of Micromax came up with an idea of fitting an electric motor on a motorbike. That did disappoint some purists, as the smell of gasoline, the vibration, the thump of the motor is something sewed in the character of a motorcycle. EVs lack that, making it a little bit obnoxious for the purists. Those who swear by the torque on demand of these Electric Vehicles have a different say about it. They tend to find these bikes leaner, more sophisticated than they are perceived to be. Well, they are not wrong. You will definitely miss out on the hooliganism of a KTM or thump of a knucklehead but what you will get is cheaper maintenance and next to perfect performance numbers. Vikram Mittal, an IITian who decided to build a performance E-bike came up with his Emflux one this year and it did create a stir in the market. With its astonishing range and adrenaline-fueled spec sheet, this EV is going to create a space in a purist’s.
In India, it came with a small scooter clipped to an electric motor, called the ‘YoBykes’. You’d come across kids from high-school riding on that scooter and it might have made you believe that these scooters are here to dominate the market but after half a decade the mob decided to move on towards ICs again. This came out as a shock to the government as they started out with tons of rebates and incentives but that didn’t work as people needed something that did not a charging point after every 50kms. This was resolved by Honda Activa as it proved to be a better companion than an electric scooter. The mob moved on and that brings us back to our question, the future or the apocalypse?
It is certainly not the apocalypse as the carbon footprint will decrease and make way for a healthier environment. It is certainly not the future as well because of the sheer practicality of these EVs. Even though they put up charging ports inside petrol pumps it is going to take more than an hour to get at least 80% of power and time is not something a working man can afford. Even if they increase the range of these vehicles, they are still not able to find a way to dispose of the batteries. It can be the future but it cannot suffice the character these automobiles have built for themselves.