Hyderabad: Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of transportation given lower emission levels, reduced operating costs, and smoother driving experience.
However, as more and more consumers consider switching to EVs, it is crucial to create awareness about the proper protocols for using and maintaining them.
Mohd Abdul Yousuf, Legal Associate at PURE EV, emphasizes legal compliance when purchasing an EV. He stressed the need to follow the user manual for the proper functioning of the vehicle.
PURE EV, a Hyderabad-based electric vehicle (EV) two-wheeler venture, is on the cusp of launching its first electric motorcycle for the commuter segment called the ecoDryft.
One of the critical aspects of owning an EV is understanding how to use it correctly. This includes following the charging protocols specified in the user manual, using the correct charging equipment, and charging the vehicle at the recommended rate. Overcharging or using the wrong equipment can damage the battery, reducing its lifespan and performance.
It is crucial to understand that EVs require a different approach to maintenance and charging than traditional petrol/diesel vehicles. EVs have a battery, and if it is overcharged, the temperature may rise and can cause a fire. The battery shall not be charged immediately after a long run, and it is advised to charge the battery in a suitable environment such as open spaces or designated EV charging areas. Negligence in charging can lead to fire incidents.
Rohit Vadera, CEO of PURE EV said: “The new regulatory standards for the batteries — AIS 156 — is a welcome step that the government has taken to enhance the safety norms. These new standards will ensure that all the battery packs going forward comply with the stringent new norms and are certified by the testing agencies. This will take care of the key safety issue that has become a huge deterrent for EV adoption in India,” he said.
“We design, develop and manufacture all of our battery packs in-house. The new generation battery packs from PURE are smarter and safer compared to the earlier generation along with being compliant with the strictest new AIS 156 battery standards.”
Despite the benefits of EVs, recent incidents of fires in EVs have led to a decrease in sales. However, it is important to note that these accidents are mainly due to the negligence of customers who overcharge the vehicle or charge it in an unsuitable environment such as a bedroom, kitchen, etc. It is also essential to note that the battery shall not be charged immediately after a long run, as it may cause the battery to overheat and become damaged.
Another important consideration when purchasing an EV is to check for the basic certifications from government-associated institutions such as the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). Certification ensures that the vehicle meets safety and performance standards, providing consumers with peace of mind when purchasing an EV.
However, it is important to note that the price should not be the only factor when considering an EV. While the initial purchase price of an EV may be higher than that of a traditional petrol/diesel vehicle, the lower operating costs, subsidies, and incentives can offset the higher purchase price in the long run.
From a legal perspective, consumers must be aware of the legal compliances in place when purchasing an EV such as Certifications, Warranties, Incentives, Subsidies, and Insurance. For instance, in India, EVs come with a mandatory three-year warranty, and EV manufacturers are required to provide a minimum of five years of support for EV components. This ensures that consumers are protected in case of any issues with the vehicle.
In conclusion, the future is electric, and consumers must understand the benefits of EVs and the proper protocols for using and maintaining them. By following the user manual and checking for certifications from government authorities, consumers can ensure that the vehicle operates safely and efficiently. With the right approach, consumers can make an informed decision when purchasing an EV and be part of creating a more sustainable future for all.