The last decade of human history has witnessed an outstanding push towards sustainable growth and high pushback against environmental pollution on all fronts. This has led to the recent uptake of electrical vehicles (EVs), positioned to be the keystone of the subsequent generation of transportation for human society.
However, like all new technologies, it’s important to demystify common doubts and questions before jumping on the bandwagon. Here we discuss and debunk 5 of the foremost common myths around EVs.
Myth 1: EVs take time to charge
One of the foremost common concerns that crop up for people considering a shift to EVs is that while they will refuel their vehicle in a matter of minutes, charging an EV may take hours. This argument doesn’t take into consideration the change in fueling patterns that EVs cause.
EVs are often charged nightly or maybe every few nights, with a basic 240V power outlet, if you’ve got a fanatical parking lot or a garage. this suggests you’ll avoid long lines at petrol pumps or CNG stations. Similarly, driving long distances would become far easier once charging infrastructure is developed on Indian highways. Current superchargers can offer you a full charge in 30 to 60 minutes; that’s about as long as having lunch at a pit stop. Many companies are also considering the installation of charging stations in their parking spaces and working strongly towards making an adequate infrastructure for EVs.
MG’s Fast Charging tops upthe ZS EV from 0%-80% in 50 mins. Customers can get an AC fast charger installed at their homes/offices, free of cost, through MG’s association with Delhi-based eChargeBays. MG has also partnered with Fortum Charge & Drive India to set up 10 DC 50 kW super-fast charging stations at select MG showrooms.
Myth 2: EVs are uneconomical
This should not be surprising, because it is representative of the generic curve that new technology follows. While most EVs are at high price points in luxury markets today, this is changing quickly changing – especially in Indiawhere costs are being brought down through subsidies and EVs are being made more accessible.
Moreover, a fast check out the US shows that an EV on the average costs half the maximum amount as petrol-driven cars. Maintenance costs are also economical since EVs have fewer moving parts, more efficient cooling systems, and no oil.
To provide the best ownership experience, MG has introduced the MG eShield, which provides privately-registered customers with a free-of-charge 5-year manufacturer warranty for unlimited kilometres on the car and 8 years/150k km warranty on the battery. It also offers round-the-clock roadside assistance (RSA) for a period of 5 years for privately-registered cars, along with 5 labour-free services.
Apart from introducing the MG eShield, a one-stop solution for ZS EV customers, MG has also entered a strategic alliance with CarDekho.com, who would be offering a pioneering 3-50 plan, that provides assured resale value and can be availed by the customer by paying a stipulated amount at the time of purchase of ZS EV. CarDekho.com shall provide guaranteed buyback to ZS EV customers at a residual value of 50% upon completion of three years of ownership.
Myth 3: EV batteries are really expensive and need to get replaced frequently
Lithium-ion battery costs are vividly reducing and India is gearing towards serious investment in high-performance batteries.
Currently, EV batteries, for instance, have up to 90% capacity after driving 241,000 Kms. The typical Indian driver doesn’t even complete the distance which is given above, and for those who even complete the target, EV companies give them a guarantee of Eight years of the battery. For the warranty on the battery pack, for private customers, the MG ZS EV will offer an 8 years/1,50,000 km warranty. The
Myth 4: EVs are unfit for long-distance travel
The low adoption rate of EVs is due to a myth that the vehicle range will not be enough for traveling from one city to another or just outside the city. However, the new-age, global line of electrical vehicles with extremely capable batteries ensures that vehicles has the capacity to travel above 300 KM in range. The entry of global EV leaders into the market is expected to change the current market dynamics as they localize their internationally-proven EV offerings, so that it can better suit the demands of the local consumer base in India. With the government’s increasing thrust on charging stations, soon there’ll be a time when an individual can travel from Delhi to Chandigarh, With the availability of maximum number of charging stations.
However, the MG ZS EV can cover 340 Kms range at one charge.
Myth 5: EVs have low speed
While this has been a standard assumption about most electric vehicles in the past, you would possibly be surprised to know that electric race cars exist as well! EVs can convert the whole torque that they’re designed to supply, instantly, resulting in rapid acceleration. Even in consumer vehicles, EVs are ready to achieve 0-96 kmph in 2.5 seconds! For instance, the MG ZS EV can cover0-100 km/h in 8.5 secs: and that’s fast!
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