Should You Buy A Electric Car This Year ?


Hey Guys! Welcome to TECH HOW, How are you all? Guys, 2023 has already started, But still we are confused that, Should we buy an Electric car or not? This video is especially made for you. We have done a thorough research, And even spoke to many EV owners, So that we can bring a video through which, You will have a clarity on, Whether you should purchase an EV or not. It will be a long detailed video, So do watch it till the end, You will get all the information. Without wasting any further time, Let’s go! Now let’s start the video with the most common doubt. Battery Life. Many of you must have heard that, Stay away from an EV, What will you do if the batteries get damaged? So let me clarify that in two easy way, One is through facts, And second through real-life experience. Starting with the facts first. Now the modern EVs in India get two types of batteries. NMC and LFP. Both of these are modern batteries, And both have their own Pros and Cons. Like if I talk about the LFP batteries, They are used in the cars of, Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi, Ford, Citroen, And many other car manufacturers. LFPs are not only used by American, European or China car brands, But even Indian brands like Tata Motors use them. Tata Motors use the LFP batteries in their EV line up. Nexon, Tigor Tiago, all the three cars get LFP batteries. Talking about the advantages, They have better durability, Better longevity, Number of charging cycle is high and, Even has better resistance to higher temperatures. So generally when we talk about the modern EVs, Especially the cars with LFP batteries, You can easily expect about 3000 numbers of charging cycles. And after which they usually start to degrade. This is not just a theoretical fact I am talking about.
See in India the EVs landed just a couple of years back. But globally EVs have been running for many years. Right? So in that case, The degradation of these batteries have generally seen after, Some 3000 charging cycles. Now how much is 3000 charging cycles? See, one charging cycle means, Charging your car up to 100% Then using it up to maybe 5 or 6%. And again charging it back to 100%, Is your one charging cycle. So in that way, Once you complete 3000 charging cycles, Then the batteries will start to degrade. Like, nowadays I am using the Nexon EV max, With a range of 300 km in real life conditions. So in that way, My battery degradation will start after, 3000 X 300, Which is about 9 Lakh kms. So have you ever heard from someone who buys petrol or diesel cars, And use them for 9 Lakh kms? I don’t think so. Maybe very few people might have driven that long. Now you will have a question that, Although I may not drive for 9 Lakh km, But what if the battery degrades by charging it again and again? So let’s break that myth. Now suppose that you drive your car for, Let’s say for the worst case, 150km per day. In that case you will have to charge your car after every two days. That means, 3000 * 2 is 6000 days. And 6000 days is how much? 16 Years! That is true guys, Your car will run for 16 years.
But if you drive around 50 km per day, Then in that case the car will run for many more years. So if you calculate, That will be close to you know, 32/48 years. I am not getting on all those elements, I am just trying to share the worst possible situation with you. All in all you get a good battery life in EVs, And for that very reason, Car brands offer you up to 8 years, And 1.6 Lakh km on both, Batteries and motors. Whereas on petrol and diesel cars, Brands offer warranty up to just 2 or 5 years, on limited kilometres. Even when you get extended pack, They increase the years and not the kilometres. So, that is the situation on petrol or diesel cars. Well, that was the theory part. Now let me introduce you to an EV owner, Who has driven the car more than 80,000 km. Let’s speak to him. “So after driving the Nexon EV for 80,000 km, I don’t see any issue with the range. It is absolutely as it is. Even the SOH of the battery is in the 90s. Around 98 or 99.” So the doubts over car’s less battery life, Is nothing but just a myth. Moreover, There is another myth we hear is that, The battery pack is pretty expensive.
See technically I have explained you everything, About how they work for 9 lakh km or 16 years. I tried to explain in very simple terms. Now have you ever heard from someone who says, I will have to replace my car engine in 5-6 years? No right? So, the same is the case with batteries. You get a warranty of 8 years and 1.6 Lakh km. So you technically don’t really have to worry about electric cars, At any given point of time about the battery life or, Expensive battery replacement. Now that was all regarding the battery life. But still people will try to share their deep thoughts. Like do not use the EV cars, As the batteries will create electronic waste. It will create problems.
I have an answer for that too. So people who don’t know, There is something like Urban Mining. Meaning, The batteries of EV cars which are currently not in use, They are being used for other different purposes. The reason they are not used in cars is that their density is very less. Whereas you need a densely powered battery pack in EVs. So for that case, Tesla take these batteries back to their factory in Nevada, And restore them for that extra power density once again. And even if Tesla stops restoring the batteries, They still have many other applications available. Like for instance, They can be used at power grids. Ships, And even they can be used where, The wind or solar energy is generated. So in that case these batteries are taken to such places, And can be used for the purpose of power supply and power storing. By the way if you don’t know, There is a football stadium in Amsterdam, Where the power supplied to the whole stadium is from, 150 new and old electric car batteries. So, the electric car batteries has many such other applications, And will not create any electronic waste. Another example of usage is your home.
Now you of course have tube-lights and fans at your home. And each of these appliances consumes 50 – 100 watts of power, Per hour. Now just imagine your house is powered by a, 40,000 Watts battery pack. How many appliances can be powered? Just imagine. It has many uses and, It’s not going to go as an electronic waste. Now a funny thing can be, People will say they will buy electric car, Once the new battery technology comes to India. But guys do you know that in India we are using the latest battery technology. India, USA, Europe, China, Everywhere they use the latest technology batteries. In fact we are two steps behind in petrol or diesel engine technology. But you will never say that, You will buy a car when, Turbocharged Stratified Injection petrol engine is introduced to India. Right? So, that’s where the differentiation is. It is the result of lack of information. Like if we talk about the Nexon EV, It gets the LFP Battery. Okay? Now, even Tesla will soon introduce LFP to their standard range vehicles. So basically, brands are using the latest technology globally. It isn’t the case that we have to catch up to their level. We are all at the same level.
People who say they will buy cars with new battery technology, Let me tell you that there is no such thing. And moreover, All the electric cars are completely software driven. Now as we are talking about the Nexon EV, So let’s take that point ahead. Nexon EV was launched back in 2020. After 1.5 years the car received a software update. And it was named as Nexon EV Prime. So in EV Prime, The car received updates like multi level regenerative braking, Cruise control, And many other features were added. Have you ever heard anyone saying they received, Cruise control in their petrol or diesel car after 1-1.5 years? It is just not possible. And that’s because the electric cars are software driven and they keep getting the updates. Even Tesla cars receive software updates every year. And that you will see in most of the electric cars in India. So by far we covered everything regarding the battery life, Battery’s second life, replacement cost, Everything around batteries and even about the new technology. And all we came to know is, It is technically a Myth! Now let’s move towards the next point. The next point is that we know about the battery, Battery is not my problem. My problem is the charger. Charging points are not available in India. Let me break that myth for you. So if you have watched our owner reviews, Then you won’t ask this question. We met Mr. Mahesh who owns Nexon EV. He stays in Panvel and goes to work in Andheri.
That is about 55 km one way, And the return trip is around 110km one day. So when he returns from office another day, That time he keeps the car for charging and then he goes back to work. So if you see his charging cycle, Then he charges the car after every two days, And that too he charges at his home. So 90 – 95% EV owners, They charge their cars at home and do not require to charge outside. Especially when their commute is within the city limits. And if at all there is a requirement of charging the car outside, You always have a 15 Ampere socket available. So through which appliances like AC, refrigerator are connected, Through that socket itself your car will charge once again. Technically that need shouldn’t occur, But if it does then you always have a 15 Ampere socket available with you. Now people will say Rachit, It is fine for city, City commute is not the problem. My problem is the highway commute. How can we take EVs for long journeys? Are there any chargers available on the highways? The answer for that is very simple. EVs have been in India since 2.5 – 3 years right? So those owners are already travelling. Doing 500 – 600 km a day is not a big problem in an EV. I am not saying that it is not possible or, It will be possible in the future. I am saying that people are already doing such long distance trips. Now let me tell you the logic behind that. Suppose you are doing a trip of 500 km with your family, You will surely stop for a lunch break. Now usually lunch break takes 30-45 minutes. So if you keep the car for charge on DC fast charger, With the battery percentage low at 10%, Then in that case within an hour’s time your battery will charge up to 80%. That means you are again ready to move. So if you plan your trip in a better way, You can easily charge the car.
Back in 2020 when we did a trip from Mumbai to Delhi in an EV, That time we actually had to hunt for the EV chargers. But now there is no such issue as you get an app now. Like we have Nexon with us right now and we have been driving it, We get a ZCONNECT App through which we come to know where are all the charging stations, And you can plan your trip in a better way with these chargers. You even get a few more extra features like driving score, Which can give you guidance. It will help to improve your driving, Help to improve the range, And overall it will be as a guidance for you. Of course you get the lock-unlock feature that you get with connected car tech. But the main part is when you buy an EV for the first time, It can guide you very well which was not present with us during our trip. Now since we are talking about the long trips, I will share an interview of an EV owner who completed 17,000 km in 52 days. He first travelled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, And then he went to Bhutan and Nepal. Basically he travelled around 350 kms per day. So, meet Mr. Asheesh. “So we drove for 17,000 km, And it was for within like 53 days. Where we had, halted many a places. At some places we halted for one or two days. It was a fun trip as we were in no hurry. Of course I had to plan it better as it was a 1.5 month trip with my family.
In a single day, 922 kms. It’s just for the sake of saying that there are no chargers. I have seen chargers almost everywhere. The way they are applied is different and that’s why people face problems. They majorly focus on Tata power. Yes, even we used Tata power most of the time. But there are other chargers too so you don’t have that problem.” -so you did not face the problem of charging points majorly for the entire 17000 km trip? “Majorly, minor, nothing! Just the tyre got punctured once, And that too while reaching home. Some 100 km away from home. That is it. Nothing else.” Now if you talk about the number of public chargers, There are already more than 5,000 chargers available. All thanks to companies taking efforts to install fast chargers. Tata power, JIO bp, all such companies are installing their chargers, Making your car charge quickly when you are planning for a long trip. Alright so we talked about batteries and charging, But still few more points are left! Electric cars are pretty expensive! Let me break that myth for you. Running cost of an electric car for 1 km is about, 1 – 1.2 rs per km. Whereas it is 8 – 10 rs per km for petrol cars. Now suppose you have driven the car for 10,000 km. Both petrol and electric.
So the running cost of EV will be 10,000 – 12,000 RS. And for petrol car cost will be 80,000 RS. That way you saved around 70,000 RS. And when you drive this for 1 Lakh km, You will end up saving 7 Lakh RS. Talking about the maintenance, As the EVs do not have any engine, You are not changing engine oil, right? So in that case the maintenance cost of EV will always be, Around 30-50%, Almost half or even less when compared to regular petrol or diesel cars. If that’s not enough, You do not have to pay while registering your electric car. Whereas you have to pay 10 – 20% while registering petrol or diesel car, Depending on state road tax. Okay? State government also offers subsidies on electric cars. You easily get a subsidy of up to 1 or 2 Lakhs. Plus if you have purchased your car on finance, Then according to Section 80EEB, You will get a 1.5 Lakh tax on the interest you are paying. So these are all the advantages you get when you buy an EV. And yes, the advantage of Section 80EEB is only for the salaried employees. I just thought I’ll clarify that point. So you get so many advantages from an EV, Like you save more, thanks to low running costs. Maintenance cost is also less. You even get tax benefits. And at the same time, You get benefits on the income tax as well. So overall it is a winning game if you consider an electric car. Okay but keeping all these advantages aside, Electric cars cause the same amount of pollution like a petrol or diesel car.
It is not like in India electricity is generated by burning coals, So that pollution and EV cars pollution is one and the same. No that’s not true, Let me break that point for you clearly. First we will talk about India. In India, 60% energy is generated from coal, And 40% comes from renewable energy. And this number is increasing. Like you will notice the 40% in the coming days is growing up, Because our governments are pushing for more renewable energies. In Karnataka 62% energy is generated from the renewable energy. Also, according to a study, EV causes less pollution than petrol or diesel cars. Even Harvard University has got the same reports. But let me clarify more. Electric cars are creating pollution of level 1. Now as you say electricity is generated from the coal, So the coal is burnt in the powerplant, And the electricity generated is used in Electric cars. So that’s level 1 straightaway. That means the pollution is not created by the car, But it is created through the coal burned for the electricity. But petrol or diesel cars create level 3 pollution. I’ll explain to you how. Level 1 is when the coal is burned to generate electricity. That electricity is supplied to the refineries. And refineries use the same energy for the distillation process of the crude oil. So that is the level 2 pollution. And from there it is transported to petrol or diesel cars, Creating level 3 pollution. So for a petrol or diesel cars you create 3 levels of pollution, Whereas in electric cars you create 1 level of pollution. So that’s the big differentiation that, EV cars do create pollution, but it is much lesser. And as India or world moves more towards the renewable energies, As higher as 70-80-90%, You will notice that the level 1 of pollution will also decrease very soon. Now let’s discuss the advantages of electric cars over petrol and diesel cars.
The very first advantage is quietness. Noise, Vibrations and Harshness, That you do not feel in an electric car. It’s absolutely quiet. If you feel that I am just saying for the sake, Then do try to test drive an EV once. And also check the performance too. You will notice that the performance of EV is, Lot more better than the petrol and diesel cars, That you get in those price. For instance the most affordable EV, Tata Tiago EV, It does 0 – 60 in 5.7 seconds. Whereas you will have to spend more money for the similar performance in a petrol or diesel car. So you get better performance and also it comes with automatic transmission. As there is no manual gearbox you do not have to worry about the clutch. Accelerator, brake, steer, that’s about it. Plus, The performance of petrol or diesel cars drops over a period of time. But that isn’t the case with electric cars. For instance Nexon EV Max, I am just trying to give an example to which you can relate better.
The time when Nexon EV Max was launched, It had a range of 437 km. But now through software updates, The claimed range has gone up to 453 km. So through these updates the range gets better, Rather than degrading. So it is a clear advantage you have in an EV. Also it gets regenerative braking. Basically if you use regenerative braking instead of regular brakes, You actually charge your vehicle once again. Through this your range improves, There is less load on the brakes, increasing the brake life, And also the tyre life improves too. So like these you get many such advantages on an EV, Over petrol and diesel cars. Alright guys, This video is for those who say electric cars are the future. According to me, no! You are right that EVs are the future, But EVs are the present too. Now you will come through many researches which say, Petrol and diesel are the best technologies. Some will say hybrid technology is the best. And some will say electric cars are the best technology. But my purpose for making this video is not that. My purpose for making this video is to clarify all the doubts and myths, Over the electric cars and help you to make the correct decision. So if you ask me should you buy an EV in 2023, If that’s your million dollar question, My answer is yes, A big yes! You should definitely consider an EV in 2023. Now before I end today’s session, I know many of you are confused about which car to buy? There’s so much available in the market with different technologies, features, So what can be done? So in that case you can get on a phone call with me or my team of experts, And get all your doubts clarified.
See you again with an all new video guys, Take care, See you tomorrow, Bye!


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