Due to the rising pollution and the increasing provision of financial incentives by the government, the sale of electric vehicles is booming in India. Out of 1.56 lakh electric vehicles sold in FY20, 1.52 lakh were two-wheelers, 3,400 cars and 600 were buses. The growing sale of electric 2-wheelers is driven by the availability of a wide array of models in the country, their affordable prices, and their ability to serve as excellent alternatives to the traditional fossil fuel-powered mopeds. Similar is the case with electric 3-wheelers. However, the electric 4-wheeler segment is still growing with a handful of options available but the fact that there’s at least one option for every Rs 10 lakh, as well as the increasing year-on-year sale only resonates to the increasing faith in these products. The point that I am trying to make here is very obvious. EVs are the in-thing today. Yet, many believe they are expensive and a maintenance nightmare, but in the longer scheme of things, is an investment that benefits you from the first month of ownership. It has less moving parts than your conventional car, so trips to the mechanics will be fewer, and fuel stops will be a thing of the past. A customary checkup of an EV takes less than an hour, and to curb range-anxiety, newer cars offer fast charging which juices up the battery within a few minutes. But for the industry to survive, the charging infrastructure requires special attention, planning, and strategy. While manufacturers provide home chargers, chances are you will rely more on public charging stations in your city than the one installed at the residence.
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The dawn of e-bicycles
More and more manufacturers are launching e-bicycles in India. They come with hub motors and single or dual batteries and the bicycles do not need any registrations making it feasible for a wide variety of usages. Rahul Ghosh tries out two rather unique offerings
We spent more than a year with the Hyundai Kona Electric in our fleet to gain a firsthand experience of living with an EV and Dhruv Saxena recounts his experience of using one as his daily driver
The Voltaic Life
Pratik Rakshit spends time with an electric scooter to understand the pros and cons of living with one
Electric vehicle charging explained
Dipayan Dutta explains the various nuances that you should know about electric vehicle charging from types of chargers to understanding the battery capacity of your electric car and the types of chargers it can work with
We head out onto Delhi-NCR’s streets in the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo to take a moment to appreciate and share some of the best street art that dots its metropolitan landscape
Here’s Dhruv Saxena’s account of what it was like to drive from the northernmost point to the southern tip of the European landmass in an electric car in pursuit of an ambitious world record
Blast from the past
In this electric vehicle special issue, it would be treason if we did not pay homage to the very first mass produced electric car in India - the Maini Reva. Rahul Ghosh tells you all about the little devil
The realm of electric vehicles
Electric vehicles are no longer a distant dream. They are getting affordable and starting to make sense. Rahul Ghosh lists out the things to know while purchasing an electric vehicle
Volkswagen is all set to reinvent itself here in India with not just a slew of modern SUVs, but also a barrage of measures to up the ante as far as sales and service is concerned
5 Electric Vehicle Myths Busted!
As with every new technology, its adoption surrounds a plethora of doubts and criticisms that need to be clarified before the tech is widely accepted. Here are some of the myths around electric vehicles that we attempt at debunking
ONE VOLVO AND A CHOICE BETWEEN ELECTRICITY OR GAS. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?
Convenience. It all comes down to convenience.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Starting Tackle Kolton Miller is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
NEWS & NOTES
The Raiders had one of the easier schedules in 2020 and got only eight wins to show for it. Things won’t get any easier in 2021, either.
Run game resurgence an added weapon
Editor’s note: Due to our Week 13 deadline, this column was written before Buffalo’s Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. For more on that game, see pg. 9.
Raiders' good, bad, ugly
Josh Jacobs’ second 100-yard game of the season couldn’t have come at a better time.
THE OL UNDERSTUDIES
Injuries force backup linemen into star roles
DEAN OF A DYNASTY
49ers all-time great passes away at 68
Pieces finally falling into place
After moving up and down the line, Ferrell finding fit
Wide-open Dodge Widebody
We knew it was just a question of time before the designers and engineers at FCA would apply the widebody treatment to the Charger. Well, at the FCA, during the “What’s New” media event at the Chelsea Proving Grounds, the wraps finally came off.
Electric vehicles are getting better by the day, and with two Indian manufacturers stepping into the game, is this the right time to shop electric?