December 22, 2023
In an era dominated by technological advancements, the automotive industry has gone through a seismic shift from the earliest days of automobiles. Unlike before, modern Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars are now equipped with sophisticated features and technologies ranging from advanced infotainment displays to state-of-the-art safety systems that amplify road safety. However, as we steer through the futuristic additions in the automotive landscape, the industry trajectory is starting to lean towards electric vehicles (EVs) to keep up with the current technological demands. EVs are electrically powered, environmentally sustainable and boast cutting-edge technologies and safety features that alleviate drivers’ concerns and elevate our driving lifestyles, redefining the way we drive. As we dive deeper into the transformative journey, EVs are becoming a great alternative to the tech-infused ICE cars, especially for those who would enjoy its technological perks, performance and sustainability features. Here’s why. EVs are becoming a convenient mode of transport EVs today can travel at long distances on a single full charge, having driving distances quite similar to regular ICE cars. For example, the BYD ATTO 3 covers a range of up to 480 km while the BYD Dolphin provides up to 490 km on a single charge. These ranges are sufficient to meet the demands of your daily urban commute in a week, further reducing frequent charging concerns for new EV drivers. Depending on the driving habits and individual usage, EV owners would only need to charge their EVs once a week, which is as often as refuelling an ICE car. However, what sets them apart is the convenience of home charging, which is a luxury that ICE cars do not have. Instead of having to purposefully drive to a petrol station, EV owners can install chargers at their homes for their EV, with the ease of just plugging in to charge overnight – very similar to how you would charge any mobile devices. Reduced charging sessions with DC fast chargers and accessible charging stations in the city make EVs a desirable option for those who don’t prefer the intricacies at the petrol station and new owners who are always on the get-go. EVs offer intelligent electric driving experience One of the perks EVs offer is a series of intelligent and advanced technologies that amp up drivers’ safety and efficiency. For tech savvy drivers and enthusiasts, EVs are often equipped with state-of-the-art central controls that elevates the driving experience. An EVs central control function is highly integrated and highly compatible with applications such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which offers a smarter way to sync with users’ smart devices while they drive – this includes navigation, making calls, sending and receiving messages, and an undisturbed music playtime all from their built-in display. A connected system brings users a safer, more convenient and more fun travel experience; providing users with unprecedented levels of vehicle system control, and promoting the development of intelligent vehicles. Navigation and control of the vehicles are also made easy and convenient with voice commands. With BYD EVs, central controls are made through their proprietary DiLink Intelligent Connected System and are equipped with the world's first adaptive rotating touchscreen. When it comes to safety, EVs are equipped with some of the best safety features including 7 SRS airbags, ISOFIX-ready rear seats, an automatic emergency braking system with front and rear collision warning system. BYD excels in this department via the testing and innovative engineering that it implemented on its EVs. As an example, BYD’s Blade Batteries have gone through rigorous safety testing and is the only technology in the industry that has passed the Nail Penetration Test. Additionally, BYD EV models have also been awarded five-star safety ratings by Euro NCAP, Europe’s leading independent safety assessment program. Users can rest assured over this matter when BYD takes the utmost concern when it comes to the safety of their drivers. EVs have smoother and faster driving experience In terms of an advanced driving experience, EVs have the upper hand in redefining the concept. The modern alternative offers a myriad of features that set it apart from ICE counterparts with its smooth, almost-silent ride and instant torque produced. While there are enthusiasts that like cars for their deep engine rumble and the tactile feeling with their cars, which high end ICE cars offer, EVs are alternative for those that prefer a quiet drive while not compromising on the speed. EVs ' quiet drive stems from their reliance on electric motors instead of internal combustion processes which in turn results in an elimination of traditional engine noise that consequently reduces noise pollution in urban areas, creating a newfound tranquillity for a driver’s daily commute. However, EV's technological advancement offers a seamless handling on the road, which results in a lesser machinery feel and more of a serene drive. Its simplified mechanical autonomy and reduced gear changes also make them easier to manoeuvre, making them a perfect choice for urban drivers who prefer a noise-free journey amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. For EV drivers, the smooth and fast acceleration is seamless and comparable to high-end ICE cars. The BYD Dolphin can achieve an acceleration speed of 0-100km/h within 7.0 seconds. Additionally, BYD offers users this performance at an affordable price, with the BYD Dolphin starting at only RM 99,900. EVs require less maintenance Aside from its eco-friendly features, EVs require less maintenance in a year compared to traditional ICE cars. A BYD EV’s standard service interval is for every 10-12 months (or 20,000 km) , which is once a year. Unlike ICE cars, EVs have streamlined essential components such as electric motors, power electronics, and the battery pack. The simplicity further reduces the need for regular maintenance to once a year and reduces the cost of frequent service appointments in the long run. These benefit early EV adopters the most, especially when they expect a hassle-free, cost-effective ownership experience. Also, it caters to users with limited automotive expertise that only want to get their cars serviced without the technical aspect that comes with it. This keeps up with modern users that align with innovative technological trends and prioritises convenience. In conclusion, while EVs stand as a compelling choice in choosing for a ride that befits the modern technological needs and fits into the urban driving lifestyle, ICE cars still offer an advantageous driving and ownership experience. The coexistence of having both EVs and ICE cars stand as a testament that the industry is capable of meeting customer’s multifaceted needs and accommodating it to various driving scenarios depending on their individual lifestyles and preferences.