Long-range or short-range: Which electric cars to choose from?

Electric vehicles offer more mileage in cities than on highways thanks to the brake energy recuperation.Scarcity of charging infrastructure on highway
...
The bigger the battery pack is the vehicle becomes pricier. (Photo - Sabyasachi Dasgupta)
The bigger the battery pack is the vehicle becomes pricier. (Photo - Sabyasachi Dasgupta)

When it comes to internal combustion engine-powered vehicles, mileage is a key factor that plays important role in buying decisions for the consumers. Similarly, for electric vehicles, the driving range is an important factor to influence the buying decisions of consumers. The general consumer perception is the more range an electric vehicle delivers better it is. However, that might not be the case in reality.

Also Read : It's official: Delhi govt releases order to switch to EVs

Just like the conventional fuel-powered ICE vehicles don’t deliver the claimed fuel efficiency of the respective automakers, the electric vehicles too don’t deliver the range the automakers claim. Generally, for the ICE vehicles, it has been proven that fuel efficiency is better on highways instead of cities, as the bumper-to-bumper traffic condition in cities actually results in burning more fuel as the drivers or riders have to apply brakes and clutch more frequently than on highways.

Also check these Cars

Find more Cars
Mg 4 Ev (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
BatteryCapacity Icon64kWh Range Icon350 km
₹ 30 - 32 Lakhs
View Details
Tata Sierra Ev (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
BatteryCapacity Icon69 kWh Range Icon420 Km
₹ 25 - 30 Lakhs
View Details
Tata Harrier Ev (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
BatteryCapacity Icon50 kWh Range Icon400 Km
₹ 22 - 25 Lakhs
View Details
Honda Elevate Ev (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
₹ 18 Lakhs
View Details
Tata Punch Ev (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon35 Kwh Range Icon421 km
₹ 10.99 - 15.49 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers
Mg Comet Ev (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon17.3 kWh Range Icon230 km
₹ 7.98 - 9.98 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers

Electric vehicles on the other hand are completely opposite. The EVs return a slightly higher mileage in the city traffic and lower on the highways, as the electric vehicles apply brake energy recuperation technology in the city’s bumper-to-bumper traffic condition where braking is more frequent than highway driving.

Apart from the range issue, the lack of a well-developed EV charging infrastructure is another major hurdle the OEMs, the green car owners often face. The charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in cities is being addressed by several stakeholders of the ecosystem, while the scarcity of such infrastructure on highways is still a big concern.

Hence, which electric vehicles a buyer should choose?

One thing has to be kept in mind while making the buying decision and selecting the electric vehicle model. The more the range on offer being claimed by the OEM, the bigger the battery pack and the more expensive the vehicle is.

The majority of the personal vehicle owners drive or ride their vehicles in and around the cities with an average daily distance of sub-100 kilometres. Therefore, a vehicle with a smaller battery pack offering a 200-kilometre range is more practical than buying a vehicle offering 500-kilometre odd numbers as a range. This also keeps the price more affordable for buyers.

Hence, promoting such electric vehicles would surely drive the electric vehicle EV penetration in the Indian market that still highly price sensitive.

First Published Date: 26 Feb 2021, 13:15 PM IST
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city

Want to get the best price for your existing car?

Powered by: Spinny Logo
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy
Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.