Electric vehicles- A dream that is turning into reality with many companies boldly launching their EV vehicles and most of them getting success. Can India become an EV ready country? We look at 5 problems that EV vehicles could possibly face.
Infrastructure for electric vehicles
The most talked-about point related to EVs is the infrastructure support provided by the country for them to be convenient. This mainly leads us to the charging points that are to be very essentials for EVs. Right now electric vehicles practically cannot be used on highways as there are no charging points across highways or in the countries.
Charging time is a big drawback in electric vehicles as most of the Indian consumers are impatient and would not like to wait for long to charge their vehicles. Although there is fast charging available on most of them, it usually takes an hour to charge about 80% of the vehicle, which is indeed a long wait.
Service of electric vehicles
The exact servicing costs are yet unknown for these kinds of vehicles. Many service centres are known for duping the customers citing false problems on their cars. EVs will only lead to causing more problems in this area.
Breakdowns and awareness.
Let’s say you had a breakdown in your electric car. One cannot just call a normal mechanic like you would for a normal vehicle. You will have to call some company authorized service personnel only which will lead me to my next point. There is a general lack of awareness about EVs and their mechanical systems. Therefore, until a substantial amount of them are not there on the road, most of the mechanics would not know about their complete systems, and therefore it will lead to causing inconvenience for the consumer.
No assured government policy
For years in many European countries, governments have welcomed electric vehicles to their country by reducing their tax rates and also providing subsidies in certain ways. They have clear rules and policies made especially for Electric vehicles to encourage buyers. With some even planning to allow only EVs to be sold eventually. In India though it is a different story, as the government has never been clear from the start about their policies on EV vehicles. This has left automakers confused about their plans for electric vehicles. How this translates to the consumers is that you usually end up paying more for electric vehicles.
It is a good thing that car manufacturers are putting out cars such as the Hyundai Kona, the Tata Nexon EV, and the MG ZS EV and devoted to being future-ready and also prioritizing them. Hopefully, the government sees that and could solve all the problems relating to EVs.