We need to clean up the air in our cities. Automobiles cause around half of the pollution in our cities. The pollution in the air mainly causes the various respiratory related problems like Asthma and bronchitis, which also continues to threaten our children and all the elderly people.
Electric vehicles cost less to operate than ICE based vehicles. The cost of charging electric vehicles is minimal compared to the cost of buying petrol for a vehicle. Even when you figure the cost of replacing the battery pack, every 5-7 years, the cost of owning an electric vehicle is still lower than that of owning a gas car.
Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons are released when fuel is burned in an internal combustion engine and when air/fuel residuals are emitted through the vehicle tailpipe. Electric cars produce far less greenhouse gas emissions than an ICE car.
There is a great sense of independence while owning an electric vehicle, you are so much less dependent on all external related factors. An electric car, especially when coupled with solar panels at home for recharging, allows the total control over the source of energy used to power your vehicle. The power no longer lies in the hands of oil companies or the government but totally with the consumer.
If we are able to plug in our vehicles, and use electricity that would be generated at home, we would enrich our economy by keeping that wealth here and using that money for much needed social welfare cause. So, if by electrification of our transport we ensure reduction of our oil imports by approximately 140 billion $ per year to approximately 40 billion $, which would result in a saving of around 100 billion $ every year.
Electric vehicles are inherently much more reliable than ICE cars. Petrol burning engines have hundreds of moving parts which all have the potential to fail at any stage. There are also many disposable parts in an ICE which aren't present in an Electric vehicle. Items such as oil filters, belts, air filters and so on are just aren't required for electric propulsion. In an electric motor only the rotor (1 part) is moving and typically the only thing that needs to be serviced is to replace the brushes every 100,000 km or so.