MS Dhoni, the legendary cricketer, has a huge collection of motorcycles and cars and is an avid motoring enthusiast
Cricket maestro MS Dhoni opines that electric vehicles aren’t a real solution to curb pollution and reduce carbon footprint. The former Indian skipper is quite famous for being an avid car and motorcycle collector. His collection even includes some rare vintage cars and motorcycles other than having some high-end models. In November last year, his car collection was once again in news for the addition of the Kia EV6. Now, though, the cricketer is back in the limelight for his comment on EVs not being a ‘solution’ for a sustainable future.
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In an interview, MS Dhoni has said that electric vehicles are not ‘the solution’. Explaining his point, the cricketer has said that while EVs are important, the rear point of focus should be the source of electricity to power these vehicles. In case this electricity is being generated by non-renewable source, we aren’t actually doing much good to the Mother Earth. What the cricketer actually means is that one should focus on the development of renewable source of electricity. While it’s true that electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, they still need to be charged through a regular supply of electricity. This, in many cases, comes from non-renewable sources such as coal. This pretty much defeats the purpose of green mobility to a great extent. If we continue using electricity produced in thermal powerplants to charge our EVs, the positive impact on the environment reduces to a great deal.
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What MS Dhoni has said is nothing new. Many environmentalists as well as industry experts have time and again pointed this issue. Basically, it’s best to use electricity from solar, wind or hydro plants to power the EVs so that there’s a real positive impact on the environment. The Kia EV6 of MS Dhoni has a single motor setup along with a rear-wheel-drive configuration. It generates a maximum power of 226 bhp and a torque of 350 Nm. The EV6 is even available with a dual-motor, AWD setup that offers 321 bhp and 605 Nm. It gets its juice from a 77.4 kWh Lithium-ion battery inside 800V architecture. The EV can be charged from 10-80 percent in just 18 minutes through a 350 kW DC fast charger.
Other cars in the car collection of MS Dhoni are vintage Land Rover 3, Hummer H2, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, classic Ford Mustang and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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