World Electric Vehicle Day 2022: Things you should know
World Electric Vehicle Day is a global event to celebrate the benefits of electric vehicles and promote their use. The aim of World Electric Day (WED) is to raise awareness about how electric cars can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and increase energy security. The day also aims to encourage governments around the world to adopt policies that support electric vehicle use.
Electric vehicles are slowly dominating the automotive market across segments. Major carmakers around the world have also pledged to go all electric in the near future and taking baby steps in that direction with their EV line-up. Even though there are only a few products in the market, the electric vehicle market has seen enormous growth in the recent past. The pandemic has definitely slowed down the entire automobile industry in general and EV is no exception, however, the market has picked up quite well and will soon be on track.
Many countries already have policies in place to promote electric vehicles and bring more focus toward setting up the required infrastructure for better adoption. China is at the top with the highest numbers in production as well as sales of EVs. China has sold more EVs in the year 2021 than the world combined.
Things to consider
Now that you know why world EV day is celebrated, let’s have a look at some of the pros EVs have over other conventional vehicles.
Advantages of Electric Vehicles
- Electric vehicles are cheaper to run than conventional cars, It is a great way to save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint.
- You don’t have to worry about oil changes, tune ups or other maintenance costs associated with gasoline vehicles.
- Electric vehicles can be charged at home using an ordinary power socket, this makes them convenient for people who live in remote locations or work long hours.
- You can go places that are not possible with an internal combustion engine vehicle (like driving through snow).
- Electric cars are fun to drive – they have none of the problems with acceleration or braking that traditional petrol-powered vehicles have. They also make less noise pollution than conventional cars, so you won’t wake up everyone in your neighbourhood
So you’ve decided to buy an electric car. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a journey of discovery, but there are some things you should consider before making your purchase.
Disadvantages of Electric Vehicles
- The cost of the battery pack is a major factor in determining whether or not to buy an electric vehicle. The battery pack is not only heavy, but it also needs to be replaced every few years or so. This means you need to pay a lot of money for batteries and then replace them with new ones every couple of years.
- The battery technology is not there yet to make an electric vehicle practical in most of the cases. (even if it was, you’d have to charge it every night).
- It takes time to charge the battery, which can be very inconvenient if you’re travelling long distances by car.
- You’ll never get the range that they advertise hence You need to plan your journey according to your driving style and the availability of charging stations along the way.
Having said that, I believe in the future we will see more and more EVs on the road because they are cheaper to operate than gasoline cars. Right now, there aren’t enough people who can afford one yet
The future of electric vehicles will be based on these three factors: battery technology, charging infrastructure, and consumer acceptance. Electric vehicle batteries will continue to improve in terms of performance and lifespan as well as reducing costs per mile travelled. This means that we can expect even cheaper EVs in the future. As far as charging infra is concerned, the main problem today is that there are no standards for interoperability between different networks or even between different providers within a single network. If this issue is addressed, it would enable EVs to seamlessly travel and will help drive further adoption by consumers.
Why electric vehicles? Why not a hybrid or even a plug-in hybrid?
The answer is simple: the price of batteries has fallen dramatically in recent years and continues to drop, making electric vehicles much more affordable than they were even five years ago. Also, when you consider that there are no gas stations in space, it becomes clear that we don’t need to use oil for fuel any more than we need oxygen to live on Earth.
The world is seeing global warming and transportation-driven emissions are one of the major contributors to the same. As we celebrate WED today, it is important that Govt across the world prioritise low-carbon mobility and put favourable policies in place to promote EVs over traditional ICE vehicles. We need to take steps forward right now to make our planet earth liveable for future generations before it becomes too late.