Electric Scooter vs Petrol Scooter: Air, Noise Pollution and More

Electric scooters have become increasingly popular in recent years as a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to petrol scooters. In this article, we will explore some of the environmental and economic benefits of electric scooters over petrol scooters.

Electric Scooter vs Petrol Scooter

Air Pollution

Petrol vehicles produce harmful pollutants such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, which contribute to global warming and air pollution. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, produce zero emissions at the tailpipe. While some critics argue that electric vehicles are only as clean as the electricity that powers them, recent studies have shown that electric vehicles are still cleaner than petrol vehicles, even when taking into account the emissions produced by electricity generation.

In India, 40% of total electricity generation is from renewable sources like hydro, wind, and solar, and this percentage is expected to increase to 50-60-70% in the coming years, making electric vehicles even cleaner and greener.

Noise Pollution

Petrol vehicles produce a significant amount of noise pollution, which can cause hearing damage, sleep disturbance, and stress. In contrast, electric vehicles are virtually silent, producing only a quiet hum from the motor.

By switching to electric scooters, we can reduce noise pollution in our cities and create a more peaceful environment.

Economic Benefits

One of the biggest benefits of electric scooters is their economic impact. Petrol scooters rely on imported crude oil, which contributes to India’s trade deficit and negatively impacts the economy.

In contrast, electricity can be generated domestically, making electric vehicles a more sustainable and cost-effective option. Additionally, electric vehicles require less maintenance than petrol vehicles and have lower operating costs, which can save drivers money in the long run.

Lithium-ion Batteries

One common criticism of electric vehicles is that they rely on lithium-ion batteries, which are imported from other countries. While it is true that India does not produce a significant amount of lithium, the amount of lithium used in electric vehicles is much lower than the amount of petrol used in petrol vehicles.

In fact, an electric scooter like the Pure EV eTrance Neo uses only 600 grams of lithium, while a petrol scooter would consume approximately 2500 liters of petrol in the same period. Additionally, as technology continues to evolve, new battery technologies like solid-state batteries may not require lithium at all.

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