Don’t you just hate it when you’re on the road, and your senses are assaulted by the hot fumes from the vehicles around you? If you have ever been stuck in a traffic jam, you’d know exactly how uncomfortable this can get. But if we could channel the Greta Thunberg and Elon Musk inside us, driving could be a whole new experience.
Electric cars have been in the news for quite a while, and for good reason; they are quieter, cleaner, and more efficient. And if you’re open to jumping on this greener bandwagon, here are some features about EVs that will turn you into a true believer.
If you thought that fuel-powered cars only emit carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas), you’re wrong. These vehicles are known for giving off other pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter (translation: smoke particles, from diesel) as well.
Now, what are the emissions of an electric car? Nothing. Electric cars are truly zero-emission cars. Some people may argue that the source of the electricity is a fossil fuel, but electric cars have an answer to that as well; they are up to 75 per cent more efficient in comparison to a fuel run car.
Electric cars convert 75 per cent of the energy they have stored into kinetic energy, unlike vehicles that run on fossil fuels, which can turn only about 25 per cent of the energy they have in their tank. Not only does this save you a massive amount of cost per kilometre, but it also benefits the environment by not converting the energy stored in the vehicle to heat.
Additionally, electric vehicles have fewer moving parts; and reduced friction between moving parts means better energy efficiency. Another interesting feature that boosts this energy efficiency is ‘regenerative braking’. This setup essentially helps feed electricity back to the battery pack, which can then be used to extend the range of the car.
Not having to shift gears is certainly something that can boost your driving experience. But the lack of a gearbox and fewer moving parts, less energy loss and one less part to service and maintain. In addition to this, you don’t have to worry about coolant and oil levels, which means longer service intervals and lower costs to users.
Can Help The Economy
With an increasing number of devices depending on portable electricity, electric cars being manufactured in India will only help the economy. The same technology that goes into electric car batteries today can power your laptop, smartphone, tablet and Bluetooth audio headset tomorrow. With the technology in place, the cost of manufacturing will come down, and recycling can occur with the view of reusing these materials for future use.
In fact, some car manufacturers like MG Motor are working towards exactly that. For example, at the end of its life, the battery in the recently launched MG ZS EV will be recycled to ensure minimal waste and a positive ecological footprint.
With electric car technology becoming more advanced and affordable, we are well on our way to being powered by cleaner sources. And with the right recharging infrastructure and efficient electricity generation and distribution, a quiet and green future awaits.