Electric Cars in India: Shillong’s tech for tomorrow.

No fuel? No problem! Here’s why electric cars in India are exactly what  Shillong’s tomorrow needs for a brighter future.

But before we get into this topic, do check out our other article on what Shillong is and how to go about enjoying the beautiful town or maybe check out my own piece on Shillong traffic and what it has become.

FUEL VS ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA

Although a petrol car might seem cheaper than an electric car at first glance, most people tend to forget the long term costs. Such as those of maintenance and the uncertainty of price. The scarcity of fuel has caused an ongoing trend of increasing excise duty on it. This has tremendously increased prices.

Details of changes in central excise duty on petrol and diesel during the last 4 years

Source: Lok Sabha

Looking at the current ongoing trend we can safely assume that the price of fuel is only going to get higher. Thus, making the thought of having an electric car more of a reasonable one.

INCREASING BURDEN OF POLLUTION

The average working man’s car whether it be petrol or diesel is built with an internal combustion engine(ICE) which emits greenhouse gases (GHGs). Such as carbon dioxide and methane and air pollutants. These contribute to health problems directly through its tailpipe. Electric Vehicles, however, including hybrid ones, directly emit lower tailpipe emissions than your normal petrol or diesel car. This, in turn, causes less air pollution.

MEGHALAYA’S ROLE WITH ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA

As of 2021, Meghalaya has launched an electric vehicle policy that aims to reduce about 10,000 kg of Co2 per day by facilitating about 20,000 Electronic vehicles during the policy period. This would save about 50 lakh litres of fuel.

 However,

As of 31st October 2020, 18776 vehicles have already been registered in Meghalaya during 2020. (Source: https://parivahan.gov.in)

And as of 31st October  2020, Meghalaya has only 6 registered Electric Vehicles. (Source: www.fame-india.gov.in).

Meghalaya is also soon to be having an array of charging stations for these electric vehicles, under the FAME-II scheme. Plans to develop a total of 11 Charging Stations in Shillong city are underway. These will include 5 public Charging Stations and 6 at government establishments. A charging station is planned to have four 15 kW DC-001 chargers and one 100 kW CCS-2/CHAdeMO charger with a dual gun, making a total of 66 EV charging points in Shillong.

(Via:  Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) )

POWERGRID, which is the company undertaking this venture, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for four locations. These include an Office Complex at Lapalang, MTC Ware House at Demthring, MTC Parking Lot at Police Bazar and Polo Parking Lot at Polo.

SUBSIDIES OFFERED

The Government is also offering a purchase subsidy @ Rs 10,000/- per KWH for the first 3500 electric two-wheelers. As well as @ Rs 4,000/- per KWH for the first 200 electric three-wheelers. Also giving @ Rs 4000/- per KWH for the first  2500 four-wheeler EVs purchased. Plus,  @ Rs 4000/- per KWH for the first 30 strong hybrid 4 wheeler EVs purchased. And @ Rs 4000/- per KWH for the first 30 EV Buses purchased and registered in the State during the Policy period. In addition, If the government implements schemes like the odd-even system for plying of vehicles, priority registration will be provided to Electric Vehicles over internal-combustion engine vehicles.

PURCHASABLE ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA

Indian companies like TATA and other reputable ones including HYUNDAI, KIA, etc. All sell top-quality electric cars in the Northeast. If you’re looking to buy an Electric car in India yourself then here are some options available in today’s market :

HYUNDAI KONA

ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA
Photo source: carwale

With a High Electric Range of 452* km (per full charge, *as certified by ARAI), the Kona Electric offers a low running cost (approximately 1/5th of an Internal Combustion Engine). A battery warranty of up to 8 years. And an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.9 seconds. If comfort and reliability are what you’re looking for Hyundai is the way to go.

TATA NEXON EV

ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA
Photo source: cardekho

With a price range of Rs.13.99 – 16.85 Lakh, the Nexon has a powerful 30.2 kW battery. The Nexon also boasts an exhilarating  0 – 100 km/h pickup within 9.9 seconds. This vehicle does not only offer best in class performance but also a feeling of homegrown pride being made from an Indian Company.

AUDI e-TRON GT

ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA
Photo source: carwale

The Audi e-Tron GT offers the highest range of performance for those who can afford it. With an electrical output of 350 kW,  Torque of 630 Nm And Acceleration of 0–100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Priced at a whopping 1.79 crore the e-Tron is one to look out for.

MERCEDES BENZ EQC

ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA
Photo source: carwale

With a fully variable 4-wheel drive and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h. The EQC is similar to the AUDI in terms of performance but vastly different in terms of design. With a more bulky body and classy interior. The Mercedes Benz EQC sits at an ex-showroom price of Rs 99.30 lakh.

TATA TIGOR EV

ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA
Photo source: carwale

The Tata Tigor Ev brands itself as the safest electric vehicle in India with a 4-star GNCAP rating. Being a 5 seater Sedan, this car is available in an ex-showroom price range of Rs. 11.99 – 13.14 Lakh rupees. Tata also offers free home charging installation and 24×7 emergency charging support upon purchasing this vehicle.

HIDDEN COSTS WITH ELECTRIC CARS IN INDIA

CHARGING RATES

Unless you can find a free public charging station near you, having a built-in charging station at home is the most cost-effective way to do so. The cost for equipment and hardware to maintain this however does not come cheap. Disregarding the Electric bill itself that would be charged from having this electrical station, one should expect to spend a minimum of one lakh rupees to have one set up and ready at home.

SERVICING AND REPAIR

Service centres and repair shops for electric vehicles are usually a lot less widespread. This means that your local mechanic or repair shop will be of no purpose to you and you will have to start relying on the main brand service centres.

INSURANCE PLANS

Although the initial cost of the car itself is already high, insurance premiums do not come cheap either. This is the case with most Electric Cars in India but the cost itself is totally dependant on the company and specific model.

FINAL VERDICT

Despite the initial costs being rather high, if one can view this from a long term perspective then Electric cars in India are the way to go. With Tesla and co. being all the rage in the western world, it is high time the eastern side did its part to keep up with the times. With various schemes and policies being pushed by the government alongside an increase in interest from Indian companies, there is no better time than today to get in on Electric Cars.

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