Buying an e-scooter? Here are five things you must consider
Electric vehicles (EVs) are undoubtedly the future of transportation. In India itself, existing companies and new start-ups are coming up with their electric vehicles (scooters/motorcycles/cars), promising greener and cheaper mobility, without compromising on the driving pleasure. But as a consumer, you must consider some key points before you make the switch from petrol/diesel to electric power.
The range of an electric vehicle is the total distance you can travel on a single full charge. So, when you consider design and features, do calculate the distance you generally cover in a day and make sure your electric vehicle meets your range requirements. In the case of e-scooters, you can get a range of 60-120km while e-bikes can offer a higher range.
Electric vehicles essentially use the electricity stored in a battery pack to power an electric motor that turns the wheels. So, higher the wattage of your battery, the more power and range it will offer. Additionally, you should also consider if the EV comes with a waterproof, shock-proof, replaceable battery and if it supports fast charging or not.
Whenever you have issues with your car or motorcycle or scooter, you simply take it to a mechanic shop and get things done. But with EVs, you may have to visit official service centers only. So, before you finalize your new EV, make sure you know about the company's servicing policies, total warranty period, and if the company makes spare parts or not.
You shouldn't buy an EV just because your neighbor got one. Instead, you should mull over your actual need. Do you need it for daily commuting or carrying products? Do you have to cover long distances? Can you recharge them on a day-to-day basis? When you have all the answers to such questions, you will be able to make the right decision.
Electric vehicles can come at a premium, especially if they offer hi-tech features. Hence, we'd suggest you define your needs and then find the right option. And always remember that in the long run, you will end up saving more money than petrol/diesel powered vehicles.