Electric Vehicles Are ELECTRIFYING?
Electric Vehicles (EVs) have emerged out as an interesting topic to be discussed about. Especially at a time when the Union Ministry has mentioned some special initiatives that would help EVs in the long run.
Now, before we delve deeper into what the future of EV holds, let’s try and gain an understanding of what an electric vehicle (EV) actually means.
What Exactly is an EV?
Wikipedia suggests that an electric vehicle is one that uses one or more electric motors or tractors motors for propulsion. An EV is usually powered through a collector system by electricity derived from off-vehicle sources. A lot of times EVs are self-contained with a battery, solar panels, or an electric generator that usually converts fuel to electricity. Though EVs usually operate from road and rail vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electric aircraft and electric spacecraft, yet they are not only limited to these.
EVs and Its Inception
Though these days EVs are too much in vogue and have made headlines quite often, but you would be surprised to know that the EVs date back to the mid 19th century. This was when electricity popped up as one of the most preferred methods for motor vehicle propulsion, and also providing some comfort in EVs, that seemed to be far fetched for gasoline cars of the time.
Dating back to the 21st century, there has been a resurgence owing to technological developments and an increased focus on renewable energy. Having said that there were a lot of experiments carried out. The first kind of an experiment was started in January 1990 by General Motors’ President at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Later, there was a movie made about EVs, called ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?’ Sony Pictures released this first in 2006. This movie talks about the importance of automobile manufacturers, oil industry, the US government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers, and how each of them plays an active role in technology.
How is India Faring?
While the world has been functional at a great speed with matters relating to EVs, seems India is lagging behind much. Though India has not really set a target for automakers to convert a certain part of their production of vehicles to electric or other electrified offerings.
The latest development comes in the form of Hyundai’s Kona Electric. The car is available globally with a 39kWh and 64kWh battery pack. As of now, Hyundai has dispatched 25 units of the Kona to dealerships last months. Kona is likely to be priced at around INR. 25 lakhs.
Features of Kona Electric
- Comes with a 39kWh battery pack
- Returns a claimed range of 452 km on a single charge as per ARAI.
- A 100kW electric motor delivers 136PS with 395Nm of peak torque
- This allows it to reach 100kmph from a standstill in 9.7 seconds
- This would be at a speed of 155kmph
- LED projector headlamps with DRLs
- An 8 inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPay and Android Auto
- An 8 speaker sound system with subwoofer
Plans of Kona Electric
As of now, Kona is likely to be sold in 16 cities which are inclusive of Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and others. With special dealerships in these cities, fast charging apparatus, likely to be 100kW DC charging unit can amplify the Kona Electric to 80 percent in less than an hour’s time. Also, to customise one’s own preferences, Hyundai will provide an optional wall box/AC charging station that takes around 10 hours to charge a full battery.
As mentioned before, the advancements with regards to EV are commendable indeed. This comes at a time when the world is fighting serious climate change due to excessive pollution. A lot of carbon emission is caused by vehicles also, thus electric vehicle would help reduce pollution to a great extent. Also moving on, technology is king and its high time that we adopt the latest forms of technology. Electric Vehicles are very much a welcome move and efforts must be made to embrace the newest forms of technology.