Electric cars seem to have a promising future in India.
The future where “vrooom” is replaced by “eeeeee” doesn’t seem too far away in India to me. With the recent unveil of the Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona EV, it would be safe to assume that companies see us charging our cars, just like our phones in the future. While we can’t just say goodbye to the legendary ICE just yet, I believe India will be one of the first countries to do just that, mainly because we just don’t care.
Note: This is an opinion based article, feel free to leave yours in the comment section.
Infrastructure – One of the easier problems to solve
One of the instant arguments against EV’s and their adaptation is the infrastructure. “Oh how in the world will we be able to setup so many charging stations in such a vast country enough to suffice the enormous energy needs?”. While the argument does make sense, it doesn’t seem impossible, because we are not going flat out yet. To the people who say this, just think about this, how do you think petrol stations are there in so many places? (Although you never seem to find one at the right time)
A petrol station is essentially a place where more than 40,000 litres of fuel is stored. Yet we see them once every two blocks in crowded areas. Mammoth tanker lorries carry fuel across the city to these places to offload the fuel retrieved from somewhere else. If such a large scale operation can be done on a daily basis for this many years, adding what is essentially a glorified plug point, with some tech in it, would not be such a big deal if we tried.
Another example, a very recent one is the mandatory FasTag in toll plazas. Yes, the transition has not been smooth so far, but it’s not an utter disaster either. Once the ball gets rolling, it goes fast in our country.