The rapid development and the growing population have significantly increased the need for personal vehicles for the sake of comfortable transportation. Four-wheelers are no more considered as an element of luxury but are regarded as an element of necessity. However, the fossil fuels used in operating vehicles increases the production of harmful gases that consequently deteriorates the environment. Taking such a prominent aspect in mind, manufacturers focus more on the production of eco-friendly, electric vehicles these days.
Having said that, we should not forget that every variant has certain advantages and disadvantages. All the crucial aspects along with the limitation of an electric vehicle are covered in this article.
A Complete Overview on Electric Vehicles
The demand for an electric vehicle is exceptionally growing every day. Besides, well-known manufacturers like the KIA, Hyundai, Renault are delivering some of the best electric cars. These EVs are powered by electric motors for thrust. The first electric car was built in the year 1841. Similarly, the concept of rechargeable batteries finally came into play in the year 1859. The people started appreciating the EVs after Elon Musk founded Tesla Motors in 2004.
Whys Are Electric Vehicles Crucial?
Innovative and dynamic people like Elon Musk taunts electric vehicles as the future of transportation. Why do you think that such personnel favors EVs? It is because an electric vehicle falls on the cheaper and greener side. It is much more efficient, cost-friendly, and environmental-friendly.
Likewise, the anti-emission of Co2 gas is another enticing element of an EV. In addition, these vehicles are almost noiseless in contrast to petrol and diesel vehicles. You will also experience better handling, all thanks to the inclusion of a sturdy battery at the bottom.
Hybrid vehicles are like contemporary electric vehicles but pack the supplementary fuel-driven power source. These vehicles have better fuel efficiency and better performance. Besides, Hybrid vehicles utilize the fuel engine to recharge the battery. Hybrid vehicles are further classified into Parallel Hybrid, Series Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid.
Mild Hybrid Vehicles
Unlike the full-hybrid vehicles, mild hybrid vehicles cannot use the electric motor to move the car. The electric motors solely assist in the combustion of the engine. It improves the fuel economy and revamps the performance of a vehicle.
The car companies claim that an electric car runs for an average of 150-350kms on a single charge. This seems to be a limitation to most of the buyers. Also, these vehicles take 8-18hours to fully charge its batteries which can be inconvenient at times. Besides, we don’t have an adequate number of charging stations in Nepal. This can be disruptive if you run out of the charge in the middle of a highway.
Convenience in Context of Nepal
Taking the environmental degradation caused by the emission of fossil fuels under consideration, we think that we should move towards greener vehicles. Besides, the government of Nepal has comparatively waived off taxes on EVs as imposed on petroleum engines. Similarly, you will spend relatively less money for its maintenance.
However, before we hop into the electric vehicles, we must also think about the charging stations. Currently, we only have 4 charging stations in Nepal and all of which are private. EVs are tempting and favorable initiatives. But in a developing country like Nepal, the Government should take all the necessary steps before promoting it to the public.