As fast as you like. Just like a petrol powered car/bike, you can modify and tune your
EV to reach optimum levels of performance. While most EV’s are commuter vehicles,
there are a few production cars that offer great performance. The most talked
about would be the Tesla Roadster; an all-electric sports car with a 0-60 mph
time of 3.6 seconds and 245 miles of driving range between charges.
On average, an EV with the older lead-acid batteries or valve-regulated lead-acid battery
packs or the new Lithium-Ion packs will charge fully overnight. The Outa can be charged in
under 2 hours. Technology is changing constantly, however, and with new battery technology
comes faster charging times. There is a possibility to completely charge an electric vehicle in
a matter of 20 minutes using DC charging.
Not for many years. Most offer warranties covering 5 years of driving on the lithium-ion
batteries. EV users have used batteries for more than 3 years already. One simple technique
that could be used to pay for the battery is to start a Recurring Deposit of Rs2000 per month
for 3 years or more. Liquidate the RD after 3-4 years whenever the need arises to change the
battery. Thus bank interest accumulation can partly help you fund your shiny new battery pack! :)
Exactly how much will vary depending on the vehicle and electricity rates. On average, it
will be less than Rs 45 for an all-electric 3 or 2 wheeler. Your overall energy bill will be
lowered by driving with electricity. For example, Bajaj Maxima gives a mileage of 17km/p/kg.
At Rs 55 per Kg of CNG, the auto would need 9 Kgs to cover 150 km for a total cost of Rs 495
for the trip. The Dendera Electric 3 Wheeler would need 7 units of power for a full charge of
150 km. At Rs 7 a unit that would be Rs 49. So there you go, a person driving an Electric 3
wheeler saves Rs. 450 per 150 km driven, Basically, the more you drive the more you save.
In an electric vehicle, chemical energy is stored in a battery. Lithium-ion batteries are used
in EVs because of high energy density. Converting the chemical energy to free
electrons (electrical energy) can be greater than 80% efficient – some energy is lost to
heat in cells and other battery pack components such as current conductors and fuses.
Overall, drive efficiency of an EV more than 80% - almost three times more efficient
than an internal combustion powered vehicle.
When you compare this to Internal Combustion Engine vehicles, chemical energy is
stored as gasoline in a conventional vehicle. Combustion is used to convert the
chemical energy into thermal energy. Pistons convert the thermal energy to
the mechanical work that turns the wheels. The conversion process is, at best,
35% efficient. The majority of the energy stored in the gasoline is lost as heat.
It will cost you nothing at all to maintain an Electric Vehicle. Evs are
virtually maintenance free. For example a Normal Bajaj Maxima would
cost approx. Rs.350-450 per month to maintain. Whereas a Electric Vehicle
would cost approx. Rs. 1000 a year in comparison.
Apart from the metal and parts value, Electric Vehicles allows to
additionally sell the battery pack @ 40% value at the end of 5 Years.
Hence making the resale higher than that of the ICE 3 wheelers.
(Terms and conditions applied)
Lots of reasons actually -
The manufacturing scale high-output, high-capacity cells is relatively small.
There aren’t the same demands for lithium technology from shops, industries and
the auto industry, as opposed to lead acid batteries. This means higher costs.
The next main reason why the batteries are so expensive is because they are
very complicated. Each large lithium cell takes a considerable effort to produce.
Both chemistries and manufacturing conditions must be absolutely precise.
Special manufacturing facilities are required, which come at a price.
So in order for the costs to come down, people have to buy more and
create more demand, which will create more manufacturing, lowering prices.