6 disadvantages of Electric Vehicles: Expensive repairs, charging infrastructure and more

1. Charging time:

Compared to filling petrol/diesel in a matter of minutes, charging an EV requires an actual stop. EVs equipped with fast-charging still need a public fast charger to get a quick energy boost.

2. Charging infrastructure:

Charging infrastructure for EVs is still in its nascent stage in India and most of the world. With EV sales catching pace, it is unclear if the demand for chargers will match the supply any time soon.

3. Lack of affordable long-range EV models:

Despite ongoing subsidy programs, there is still a lack of EV options that offer over 500 km of range on a full charge. The cheapest EV in India with a claimed 452 km range is the Nexon EV Max, which costs a base price of Rs 17.57 lakhs ex-showroom.

4. Longevity of EV battery:

Like any other battery we use in our daily lives, the lithium-ion batteries used in EVs ,have limited longevity as well. In extreme temperatures in India, EV batteries are likely to have a lower battery life.

4. Longevity of EV battery:

5. High initial purchase cost:

Compared to petrol/diesel cars, two wheelers, an EV demands a higher initial purchase price. This is mainly due to high cost of the lithium-ion battery packs.

6. Replacing EV battery is expensive:

The most expensive component of an EV, is its lithium-ion battery pack. Hence, replacing a battery pack in an EV is the most expensive repair you are likely to make when the battery reaches its end of life.


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