If this can be done, more and more people will gradually switch to electric cars, along with other benefits.
Saving But Still Inconvenient
When my son turned 18, I bought him an electric motorcycle. At that time, many electric vehicle companies were promoting the development of the electric motorcycle market. Over the past three years, we’ve saved a lot of money because we don’t have to buy gasoline. My kid travels at least 50km on the road to Ho Chi Minh City every day, charging the car in the evening every day.
It is estimated that with the price of gasoline in the past three years, my family can save 8-10 million dong on gasoline every year. The money saved is over half the cost of the car and the car is still running good, battery still fine. Electric vehicles move smoothly, slowly and do not create noise in the surrounding environment.
The benefits are obvious, but there are also some inconveniences for those who choose to ride an electric motorbike. This is a major hurdle due to which many people do not want to ride electric cars.
First thing is to charge the car. It sounds like a small thing, but it is actually very inconvenient and troublesome. My kid’s school has a separate corner in the garage so students can plug in a charger when needed. But sometimes when going to other places, the car is about to run out of power, it is not always convenient to find a place to ask for some power for the car. Sometimes my kids used to stop near the bar, asking to plug the charger, people around were horrified to see this scene.
My friend lives in a high-rise apartment building. You were excited to buy the most expensive electric motorbike on the market at the time (about 40 million), but it didn’t take long for it to sell for half the price you bought it for. Reason: Large size due to charging. The apartment’s garage doesn’t support battery charging for fear of a fire. It is very difficult for women to carry a bottle weighing more than 5 kg to the apartment every time it needs to be charged.
Where is the electric vehicle charging station? We wonder if we’ll ever be able to stop somewhere to recharge a car more simply and easily than the current car? We really need this support.
Wish the warranty was more convenient
If you buy a normal motorcycle, it will be easy to maintain, repair or replace parts anytime, anywhere. Not so with electric motorbikes. There are ten places (now slowly increasing) selling electric motorbikes throughout the city, the number of places receiving periodic maintenance can only be counted on the fingers.
We had to travel 20 km for maintenance and repair of a minor fault in the electric motorbike. Ask why to go so far? The staff of the car company explained: There is only one maintenance center for this.
It is a good thing that currently there are many places for repairing electric vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City. We can come to check the car. I wonder what will happen if I want to replace the original parts or replace the battery? The auto repair shop asked to place the order, wait for a contact from the car company to buy the parts and wait for them to be shipped back, sometimes from another province.
I understand the hardship electric motorcycle manufacturers have faced over the past few years, including the inability to develop a market due to COVID-19, which has forced them to limit their stores and close warranty centers. Now everything is more friendly. I hope that electric car companies will pay more attention to the maintenance, repair and replacement of car parts.