The time is right for electric cars – in fact, the time is critical.

– Carlos Ghosn

Let’s go electric. This has become the new mantra for all environmentally-conscious drivers in the country, who want to decrease emissions and embrace the future. 

With Ola launching this all-new, suave scooter, the market for electric vehicles in India seems to have expanded. Lots of people in India use electric cars even as you are reading this and many are gaining interest. Some popular electric cars that are in use in India are Tata Nexon EV, Tata Tigor, Mahindra e-Verito, etc. But the question is, should you buy an electric vehicle today?

In this article, we will walk you through the pros and cons of buying an electric vehicle in India.

The Upside

  • In India, the GST is reduced by the government for electric vehicles.
  • You can charge your vehicle even without an electric station. Most cars will run 250-300kms on one charge.
  • Electric vehicles are easier to maintain because they have fewer moving parts.
  • The running costs for an electric vehicle are much lower.
  • You will be doing your bit for the environment, contributing to a greener future.
  • There might be no registration fees or you’ll have to shell out much less for the registration.
  • Electric vehicles produce almost no sound. Quieter rides are a big yay!

The Downside

  • Compared to non-electric vehicles, electric ones are quite pricey. This is because of what goes into making them, complex electric systems, expensive batteries, etc.
  • You’ll have to ensure that your electric vehicle goes through software upgrades from time to time. 
  • There isn’t enough data or reviews in India to understand what it is like to drive an electric vehicle in real-world situations.
  • At the moment, the electric charging stations are not as many as the fuel stations. This infrastructure has to improve.
  • Electric vehicles may be easy to maintain but the repair costs are quite high.
  • If you go on a lot of long drives or road trips to remote places, electric vehicles might be difficult to recharge.

You’ll be surprised to know that in 2021, the most-sold electric vehicle type was two-wheelers. About 144 thousand units were sold (sadly a 5% drop from the previous year). However, the four-wheeler section saw growth, sales almost doubled this year.

That’s a brief idea about what electric vehicles are. This will help you decide whether or not you should get one. You can also think about getting a pre-owned electric vehicle and flaunt that green-plated-wonder guilt-free as you whizz past on the roads.

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