The market for Electric Vehicles (EVs) is slowly growing across the globe and India is no different. More and more people are switching to electric vehicles and leaving their petrol or diesel-powered vehicles behind.
Delhi is not just the capital of India, but it is now on the fast track to become the EV capital of India as well.
If you are planning to buy an electric vehicle in Delhi, worry not. LetMeBreathe is here to give you 10 pro-tips before you buy your new EV.
1. Do your own research - Now this is something you will do before purchasing any big item, including vehicles, mobile phones etc. So the same rule applies for EVs. There are different manufacturers now selling their EVs in the market. Test drive them all and finalise the one that suits your needs and budget.
2. Do you have charging space at home? - Ask yourself this question before thinking of buying an EV. This helps in overnight charging of EV. Recently, even societies have also started installing EV charging ports. If yours doesn’t have one yet, it is a good idea to propose it to the management running the society. It is essential to find a space for installing your port, with a steady power supply for charging your vehicle.
3. Find out where public charging points are - Another important thing to consider is your accessibility to EV charging stations in your locality and city. Do some homework before purchasing an EV on where the public charging points are.
4. Your daily driving distance - This is crucial. Your EV driving experience will be dependent on the distance you travel everyday. Make a calculation of the distance and the range of your vehicle.
5. Battery charging speed - The speed of your battery charging is another factor to consider. This will also depend on the charging unit you install at home. A slow charger will take around 10 to 12 hours to completely charge your EV’s battery. The faster chargers at charging points take about three or four hours.
6. Long distance journeys - If you plan to take your EV out of town, then fret not. You won’t be left stranded in the middle of nowhere with no battery life if you download apps which show your nearest charging points. Mark out the pit stops where EV chargers are available beforehand.
7. Cost and long-term economic benefits - Buying an EV is a costly affair. Right now the prices of EVs are higher compared to petrol and diesel vehicles. But the long-term cost benefits of EVs outweigh the traditional vehicles. The rising price of fuel also helps. So keep the long-term benefit in mind– both to the planet and your pocket
8. Range of vehicle - Check the range of your vehicle. While on a test drive of your EV, keep a track on the battery functionality and how quickly the battery is being drained. That will impact your overall vehicle range.
9. Comfort and safety - Your comfort is paramount. The EV should suit your driving needs. You and your family should feel safe and secure in the vehicle. As EVs don’t have a combustion engine, they are all automatic. Definitely a plus point while driving in traffic.
10. Should I just keep an EV? - The answer to this question can be both yes and no. Maybe you can keep a traditional petrol vehicle. As the EV market is growing though, more and more people are preferring to keep only an EV.