Top EV Myths
EVs are the next big thing in the automobile sector for all the right reasons. With a remarkable growth in sustainable initiatives and a global backlash against environmental pollution, they have emerged as the most viable, sustainable and cost-effective alternative to ICE vehicles.
However, similar to any emerging technology, the EV landscape is surrounded by numerous misconceptions and myths that deter potential EV buyers from opting for a greener and more affordable mode of transportation. Some of the common ev myths in this regard include-:
EVs are not as eco-friendly as they are portrayed to be
Many critics opine that EVs are not as environmentally friendly as they are portrayed, though nothing could be far from the truth. They play an elementary role in reducing carbon footprint with zero Carbon Dioxide(CO2) emissions as compared to conventional ICE vehicles.
Furthermore, despite the carbon footprint associated with producing electricity for charging electric vehicles, their overall emissions are significantly lower than those of conventional vehicles.
EVs are also more efficient at converting electricity to kinetic energy, making them a rewarding option for modern commuters. With an extensive focus on renewable energy sources, the carbon emissions related to EVs will further decrease, contributing towards a sustainable planet.
EVs take significantly long hours to charge
Another widespread myth about EVs is that they take significantly long hours to juice up compared to conventional fuel-driven vehicles that take minutes to refuel.
The belief that electric vehicles are not feasible owing to their inability to refill at gas stations is not entirely true. While EVs don’t fill up at gas stations, they have a charging infrastructure that can be accessed across different locations, including homes.
Electric vehicle (EV) owners usually charge their vehicles overnight or every few nights utilising a standard 240V power outlet, especially if they own a private parking space. This eliminates the requirement of queuing up at charging stations for most users.
In addition, removable battery options in two-wheelers come as a boon for commuters as they can conveniently charge and swap the battery and continue their journey with ease.
EVs are unsafe
While there are rising safety concerns among consumers regarding battery explosions and fire incidents in EVs, it is essential to realise that prominent EV manufacturers comply with stringent safety standards.
They also incorporate significant measures to safeguard the critical components of vehicles for robust usage and prevent any damage from water.
When it comes to battery safety, the quality standards of a manufacturer play a pivotal role. This is why purchasing an electric vehicle from a reputable and established manufacturer is highly recommended to ensure that a host of safety measures have been met. A reliable EV battery must be waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof and withstand diverse weather conditions.
Comprehensive insurance coverage is not required for EVs
Many individuals also believe that insurance companies do not offer comprehensive coverage for EVs as they are new entrants in the automobile market. Contrary to this opinion, insurance players are delivering customised insurance policies for EVs that offer owners protection against an array of risks like theft, fire and other unforeseen circumstances.
Furthermore, insurance companies are also offering several add-on services that further augment the protection of EVs
Insufficient charging infrastructure in India
It’s important to demystify the myth that India lacks sufficient EV charging stations. According to the data provided by the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE) there are 6586 operational Public Charging Stations (PCS) in India as of March 21st, 2023.
In addition, significant efforts are being made by both public and private players to ensure a comprehensive network of charging stations across the country, including highways and major road networks. The growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is significantly expanding their ecosystem and creating new growth opportunities. Lastly, prospective EV buyers must perform extensive research and make informed decisions before finalising their decision to make a switch.
About the Author
This Article is Authorized by Mr. Ashwin Bhandari, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of iVOOMi Energy on the World EV Day. iVOOMi Energy is a Research & Development and Engineering oriented EV manufacturer with its roots in Delhi and Pune. With over 3 Manufacturing facilities spread across Maharashtra & Delhi, iVOOMi has been Manufacturing benchmark setting EVs since 2019.