With our planet in trouble, the air getting more polluted, the weather becoming hotter, and the climate crisis peaking high, electric vehicle has become one of the go-to sustainable options for our everyday mobility. A quiet revolution is sweeping across the Indian automobile landscape, where the supremacy and gap between fossil fuels and electric scooters are steadily diminishing.
The stark realities of rising fuel prices and a deteriorating environment push us to seek new horizons, demanding that we make choices that overstep convenience and dive primarily into the world of sustainability. And at the current situation, the need for sustainable choices has never been more urgent. So at the crossroads, electric scooters have become the major game-changing players.
This article will explore the perks electric scooters allows us to enjoy our mobility, from their eco-friendliness to affordable ownership they offer. But, as with any innovation, there are challenges to address. We’ll also shed light on the obstacles electric scooters face, ensuring a balanced perspective for those considering this revolutionary yet sustainable mode of travel.
Pros of Using Electric Scooters in India:
- Environment friendly
India is battling hard to control its carbon emission. Petrol vehicles we use for daily mobility, especially the two-wheelers, the most preferred Indian mode of transport, significantly contribute to carbon emissions. Electric scooters have become the best sustainable alternative, providing a green solution to India’s air pollution. With zero emissions, they contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment, making them a sustainable choice for eco-conscious commuters.
- Affordability and low-cost maintenance
When generally compared with conventional scooters, electric scooters seem to be in a higher price range. But when we explore in-depth, comparing both in the long run, electric scooters are more likely to be affordable. Along with government subsidies to buy e-scooters, their low energy consumption translating into reduced fuel (electricity cost) costs, and their simple design leading to lower maintenance expenses makes electric scooters shine as a cost-effective alternative.
- Convenience and Mobility
Electric scooters are the most efficient and convenient mode of transport for the everyday commute. As electric scooters have only fewer parts, they are lightweight and compact. So they are effortless to handle, drive and park. And as electric scooters don’t have to house many inner mechanical parts, they have larger storage space. Moreover, electric scooters not only help us combat air pollution but also helps us fight noise pollution. When compared to conventional two-wheelers, e-scooters make little to no noise.
Cons of Using Electric Scooters in India:
- Range and power of E-bikes
The range of an electric scooter is the distance it can cover in a single full-charged battery. The average range of electric scooter models in India is generally between 100-150km. This limited range makes electric scooters a concern for longer journeys. The need for frequent recharging, long charging hours and the lack of available charging stations add more challenges, particularly for those with longer daily commutes. Also, the range decreases as the battery health declines.
- Repair, maintenance and lack of infrastructure
Though electric scooter sales are skyrocketing, it is still a nascent concept in the Indian market. It is still in the establishment phase and lacks proper infrastructure like charging stations, customer care units, maintenance & repair, and spare parts dealers centre at frequent distances. It becomes a massive challenge when electric scooters require maintenance or repair. Also, though electric scooters boast simple mechanics, finding skilled repair technicians can sometimes be a struggle. It leads to inconvenience, especially for people who depend on electric scooters solely.
- Changing time and Battery life
Conventional petrol scooters require only a few minutes to fill the petrol tank and will be ready to start the ride. But it is not the same with electric scooters. Among the top brands of Indian electric scooters, on average, the batteries take 3-5 hours (roughly) to get fully charged. And this can be an obstacle when you want to start the ride in a hurry or travel a longer distance. Moreover, as the battery’s life increases, it starts becoming inefficient. And changing batteries can be highly expensive.
The expanding electric scooter market in India is undergoing an automobile revolution. It offers the most suitable eco-friendly alternative and budget-conscious travel, combating pollution and reducing expenses. However, like every other innovation, the electric scooter also has limitations, such as range, maintenance, and charging time, which shows the need for rapid infrastructure development and technological advancements.
Striking this balance, we at SES electric scooters have come up with a wide range of electric scooters that can cater to every need of Indians for their daily commute. SES electric scooters blend riders’ convenience with sustainability to provide a smooth and green ride.