Electric cars as the name indicate functions by the use of electricity is a great alternative to Petrol and Diesel Taxis. It should come as no surprise that environmental impact is one of the most persuasive arguments for the electric car. In addition to that, there are a number of benefits to electric vehicles over conventional diesel and petrol vehicles when being used as taxis.
Benefits of using electric cars as Taxi:
Cheaper to run: As it does not cost much for the electric car to run, it will be beneficial for the drivers and the riders. Owners have the advantage of very low running cost. A fully charged car can run more than 120 kms. It will take 8 hours to get the battery fully charged, and the quick charging will take 1 hour. One has to spare his 15 units of electricity to give a fully charged battery to his EV, that means to run 120 kms you need to spend only INR 60.
Cheaper to maintain: In terms of maintenance, electric vehicles are much cheaper than the conventional diesel and petrol vehicles. There are much with the conventional vehicles to be taken care of with precision, but it is different in the case of electric vehicles. An electric vehicle has just one moving part i.e; the electric motor. Instead, conventional vehicle requires a great deal of maintenance, starting from frequent oil changes to exhaust system repairs which have to be carried out accurately.
Less Pollution: The major problem which we are facing right now is air pollution. By opting to drive an electric car, you are helping to
reduce the harmful polluting agents produced from exhaust emissions. Using renewable energy to recharge your electric car can further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Health Benefits: The fuel vehicles emit poisonous gas which causes serious respiratory diseases that can even lead to premature death. The use of Electric vehicles reduces the emission of harmful gases which is obviously a benefit for our health.
Comfort Facilities: Smart technologies are all about convenience and comfort. EV’s are not behind in technology as well. You can find all facilities in an EV’s like in any petrol and diesel cars.
Energy conversion: Each time you brake or the times you don’t use the accelerator, the kinetic energy produced is converted into electric energy. So, you are not just burning kilometre when you drive electric cars, but you earn some too.
Charge Easy: Charging the electric car is as easy as charging your mobile phone. Just plug in the on-board charger into any normal 16 Amp plug point. Charge comfortably, anytime and anywhere, in your home parking lot or at your workplace. Quick charging is also available and it will take less than 30 minutes to get a fully charged battery.
Tax exemptions and incentives: The government also believes that an all-electric, zero emission cars is the right choice for the country. The Government rewards you with a wide range of tax exemptions and benefits when you buy these cars. The government has announced for about 12% tax reduction on electric vehicles with the roll-out of GST and INR 124,000 as incentives to achieve 100% electric vehicles by 2030.
Statistical studies state that almost one-third of the cars sold in Norway are Electric cars. The other countries like UK, USA, Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, China, etc. are top users of electric cars. Unfortunately, India has just started realising the benefits of these electric vehicles. Now it’s time for our nation to recognise the benefits of electric vehicles over conventional diesel and petrol vehicles.
Since there are tax exemptions and incentives from the Government, it is understood that the Government is supporting the use of electric vehicles as it aids in the control of air pollution which is one among the worst threat to the environment. Also, the government is trying to change India’s car preference by getting India go all electric by 2030. At present, there are only two electric cars available in the Indian market, Mahindra’s E20 Plus and E-Verito. Other manufacturers have also started following Mahindra’s lead by announcing the production of complete Electric Vehicles.
When we take count of vehicles in the cities, it is clear that Taxis are used more than private vehicles. The average distance driven by a taxi in India is around 250 kms. An 8 hours of full charge at the night and a 1 hour quick charge at lunch will be sufficient to run this 250 kms with a cost of just INR 120! Imagine the pollution we now make with petrol and diesel engines, if we use EV’s, we can reverse the tolling air pollution for good.