It is the urban traffic congestion that is responsible for the poorer quality of air in cities. The fine dust particles are scattered in the air, accumulating in the air we breathe and entering our lungs. Thus we become more prone to lung cancer and other respiratory ailments.
This is one reason why the government in most of the world’s countries are stressing on the use of electricity in transport services. They are focusing on the objective of allowing more battery-run vehicles to ply on the streets, helping curb pollution. With time, these steps would make the transport sector more energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable. It is time we discuss how Electric Vehicles are way better and advanced than their fuel-run counterparts in multiple aspects.
How Electric Vehicles are better than Fuel-Run Counterparts
Petrol and diesel-run vehicles are beginning to phase out, and this can be an effective way to fight climate change. Electric vehicles scores over petrol and diesel vehicles in the following ways:
- They have a lower cost of ownership
- Level of pollution is equivalent to nil for electric vehicle
- They enable the adoption of new technology and new business models
It’s not that electric mobility is a very recent development in the transport sector. From railways for long distances to trams for short, electrification had begun quite early. However, in the case of road traffic, the storage of electricity has been a problem for a long time period. Earlier, batteries used to be heavy; hence they always had low energy density. So the weight put on by those EV batteries drained out faster.
Positives of Adopting Electric Mobility:
- Smart mobility is safe- Electric vehicles are safer compared to gasoline-driven vehicles Some industry experts say that electric vehicles have less frictional parts as compared to internal combustion engines, making them less prone to wear and tear
- They are cleaner- Electricity has emerged as the smart alternative to fuel vehicles since they don’t leave carbon footprints
- They are integrated- Cities can reshape their transport structure into their existing infrastructure by integrating automation with smart connectivity
Economic growth and population rise can be managed with intelligent EV management. Then, this would cause traffic congestion or heavy pollution. The biggest opportunity for us to transform our future can happen through electrification of the transport system.
Current Challenges Faced by EV Technology:
- Charging infrastructure- We currently need an even distribution of charging points across the country
- Battery expenses-Steep battery prices are currently a big roadblock in the adoption of electric vehicles
- Distance coverage issues- One of the biggest concerns remains the distance covered by electric vehicles. Compared to fuel-run vehicles, the range is significantly less
- Battery recharge time- The time that the battery takes to get recharged mostly ranges between 6-8 hours. This means that amidst a long journey if the car needs to be recharged, it would take a considerable time
2020 may bring new hope in the unfurling of electric mobility. The plus point would be the regulation of the e-rickshaw market, which has remained dominated by the unorganized sector.