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First time driving an EV; it changed my perspective entirely

As auto-enthusiasts we often talk about fun to drive cars, I now wonder why we never considered adding electric vehicles to the list.

BHPian RishavRBhardwaj recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Last weekend, Me and my dearest friend, Bhpian @SujalDiwan decided to go have a look at the new MG that everyone was talking about, the Astor. As we step inside the showroom we look at a mob of people jostling to sit inside the single Astor available for display. We decided not to disturb them and come again a few days later when all the crowd fizzles away.

On our way back to the exit, we see a White MG ZS EV pulling up right in front. We instantly knew it had to be the test drive vehicle because "Who even buys a boring EV?" Both of us are (or were) of this opinion that we'd rather switch to bicycles than Electric Vehicles.

Why waste a visit, we thought. "Let's see how bad these things are to drive." Little we had known that this Test Drive would change our perspective by a whole 180-degrees.

The first thing that we noticed and appreciated as soon as we sat inside, was how much it feels like a regular vehicle. It doesn't shout, (at least from the inside) that it's an EV. The interior doesn't look Chinese at all and feels like it's made to last years of use beautifully.

One thing that really irks me about most electric cars is that they try to scream their "Eco-friendly-ness", They all have some kind of blue/green inserts, Stickers all over the exterior to distinguish them from "normal" vehicles. It feels great to have these if you are into EVs, Green Future etc. But for the masses, it just makes EVs look toy-ish IMO.

The moment we started off from the dealership, zipping through traffic in the crowded street, It had around ~27 of charge left. Range Anxiety kicked in, I was worried if It would make it through a sufficiently long test drive but the worry-free look on the salesperson's face inspired a lot of confidence.

As we got to a more spacious street, I flexed my right foot, and in a minute, It got clear, that the future of automobiles isn't all bleak and boring. As Auto-enthusiasts we often talk about fun to drive cars, I now wonder why we never considered adding an EV to the list. I'll let this video recording, talk about the performance.

While Space, Practicality was pretty great, just we were not that interested to check that out with a serious eye. I'm not sure if I read this here on Team-BHP earlier, but I'll say it once again, This doesn't feel like that big of a compromise. Let aside the "mechanical feel" that we love in our ICE cars for a while, EVs are totally worth it for the amount of fun they can give you. When you add in the Low maintenance & running costs to the mix, Owning an EV becomes an obvious choice for anyone who has a daily running (city) of less than 50KMs.

We have made this decision once and for all, We're not getting an ICE vehicle for city driving ever again.

Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

Join the club. Once petrol / diesel heads drive a good EV, 40% of them become full-on converts, 40% of them become accepting of EVs (i.e. EVs can happily co-exist with their petrols) and 20% will stick to their ICE engines. I used to think EVs suck, but am now part of the 2nd category. In fact, my ideal garage will be one with a turbo-petrol, turbo-diesel & an EV, all happily sharing driveway space together.

But it is very, very important to break your EV virginity with a competent electric car. The ZS EV drives well, so do the Kona & Nexon. However, lame offerings like the Reva, E-Verito etc destroyed the early reputation of electric cars in India. No EV virgin should drive those.

The brand that made me a convert was Tesla. After driving their dual-motor FAST models, I became a convert (now, there is a triple-motor Tesla on sale!). You can read about my experience here (Electric Cars...through the eyes of a diehard petrol-head). I followed it up with the Audi E-Tron & Mercedes EQC, so have pretty much experienced the best EVs on sale. Wishlist is to drive a Porsche Taycan - even Ferrari owners on ferrarichat.com are going gaga over it. The Taycan is a real alternative to AMGs & Ms Porsche has nailed it.

Here's what BHPian DevSunit had to say on the matter:

Yes, absolutely. The ZS EV is the most sorted of its kind now offered in the Indian EV Market (Affordable Segment). Its build and plastic quality is of European standards. And the drive is also so much fun. We can actually extract a range that is somewhat equal to the ARAI Certified Range much unlikely to that of the others.

Here's what BHPian Axe77 had to say on the matter:

I have briefly test driven both the Nexon EV as well as the MG ZS EV - and they are both FUN!!

I am just waiting to buy a proper 18 - 28 lakh segment EV as my foray and keeping it as proper fun to drive the second car in the house. What the Grand i10 A/T does in my garage right now I’d much rather have done by something like a ZS EV. It’s just the right size to self-drive in the city, it's acceptably comfortable enough to be chauffeur driven in and imagine the massive step down in running costs for your random running around.

The only reason I’m not buying one sooner is I want to fully enjoy my 3GT before I swap it out and the next 2 - 4 year period will allow the EV space to just become that much more mature before I plonk my money. I try to buy cars with a 9 - 10 year outlook so will want to ensure I don’t press the trigger too quickly and also maximise the use of my GT.

Coming to both the Nexon and EV, they came with extremely sorted ride and driving dynamics and the torque rush was amazing. Both feel very well put together and they are perfect peppy city cars that will bring a wide grin to your face every time you floor the throttle. As someone who likes using engine braking, I really like the 3 step setting for ReGen in the MG depending on how you want to drive.

EDIT: Haha, even I was getting that fun tyre screeching while taking the sweeping left fast between Worli Naka and TV tower - For some moments there, I felt like a teenage boy racer again at the wheel of the MG. Had to quickly reign me in.

Here's what BHPian abhishek46 had to say on the matter:

Unless there is an EV charging station at every 50Kms of every highway of our country, I refuse to be a convert.

Intra-City runs can be easily managed via Home Charging.

It is the lack of charging infrastructure on the highways that is the impediment.

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