What it’s like to take an EV road trip in India?
Read on to know what your EV road trip could look like.
It’s very easy to see why electric cars are gaining popularity now. Not only do they produce zero tailpipe emissions, but they are also more feasible to drive in comparison to traditional cars. EVs make a lot of sense for someone who is using a car primarily for intercity commutes and daily driving. Even the humblest of EVs – like the Tata Nexon – can run for 200km on a full charge in the real world!
The thing is, that the whole point of buying/owning a car is that it gives you the freedom to travel anytime, anywhere. And while you can take an EV on a long road trip, it’s not going to be as enjoyable or straightforward as driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. Before you start with your trip, you first need to make sure that the highway is an EV-friendly highway, with charging stations in every few kilometres. Actually the fact is that driving an EV long distance is not for the faint-hearted.
During the journey, most of the so-called chargers might not be an easy plug-and-play affair. In fact, most of the chargers do not support the CCS Type-2 connector, which is a surprise because most of the EVs sold in India use that. You may find that there are Tata Power charging stations at multiple points, and these seem to be the only ones that work. Sure, these are 25kW DC chargers, but it takes quite some time to juice up the battery pack.
Unless and until you’ve figured everything well in advance, it’s still a bit difficult to take an EV on a road trip. Undoubtedly, the cars are ready, but there’s no EV infrastructure to support them, especially over long distances.