Electric vehicles offer substantial savings in comparison to conventional petrol and diesel fuels. An Ola S1 Pro owner, Tarun Kumar, attests to this, asserting that he has accumulated more than Rs 1 lakh in savings from his electric scooter.
— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) August 13, 2023
Tarun Kumar, proprietor of the Ola S1 Pro, meticulously calculated his savings, revealing an impressive sum of Rs 1,01,055 over his electric scooter’s usage. Having traversed a total distance of 53,187 km, he estimated that using a conventional petrol scooter would have consumed 1,063 litres of fuel, amounting to a sum well over Rs 1 lakh.
The infographic accompanying this revelation highlights that the Ola S1 Pro owner also circumvented the emission of 1,542 kg of CO2.
While electric vehicles indeed operate more cleanly in contrast to their petrol or diesel counterparts, some experts contend that EVs might be on par in terms of environmental impact due to the electricity source. A significant portion of India’s electricity stems from coal-fired thermal plants, generating substantial emissions and pollution. Opting for electric vehicles ultimately ensures emission-free operation.
It’s also worth noting that the production of lithium-ion batteries, a key component of EVs, necessitates considerable mining, which in itself poses pollution challenges. According to various reports, electric vehicles can potentially be as polluting, if not more so, than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.
You can use your EV with clean energy for free
There are many who use solar panels to charge their EVs and use them for free. The account features a Kerala-based doctor who recently acquired a Nexon EV, showcasing a unique approach to powering the vehicle. The doctor’s residence boasts solar panels, a renewable energy source that not only energizes his home but also charges his Nexon EV. This strategy effectively eliminates any operational expenses for the car. The doctor elaborates on this innovative setup, underlining how his Nexon EV recharging costs are nil, courtesy of his home’s solar panel system. In contrast to traditional fossil fuel vehicles, electric cars offer significantly reduced operational costs.
The video further substantiates this argument with a compelling example: running a petrol car can accumulate expenses of at least INR 6 lakhs over an 8-year period, while electric cars may incur less than INR 1 lakh during the same duration, marking a substantial divergence.
The doctor additionally mentions his excess solar-generated electricity is channeled back to the state electricity board. He details his car-charging routine, requiring only a weekly charge of around 30 units, yielding an average range of 250 km. Furthermore, electric vehicles necessitate fewer service appointments compared to their petrol or diesel counterparts, leading to additional financial savings.
The doctor conveys his contentment with his decision to integrate solar panels and adopt an electric car. Formerly reliant on a standard electric connection, he acknowledges previous expenses. Now, powered by solar energy, his zero-emission car operates nearly expense-free, barring a 5% road tax, still markedly less than conventional fuel-driven vehicles.