Electric cars may be wildly popular and
much sought after currently, but the
reality is that they are still both
expensive and impractical. The cost of
the battery is still prohibitive, our
charging infrastructure in India is non-
existent, and, as a result, if you don't
have a charger installed in your home,
using an EV becomes near impossible.
Carmakers, as a result, need every
advantage they can get. So when Tata
decided to enter the electric car fray
with a car squarely aimed at the Indian
car buyer, it decided to go with one of
its most attractive products – the Nexon
3. Design Inspiration
Tata may have launched the Tigor EV
earlier, but this is the company's first real
EV targeted at car buyers and not taxi
operators. To make it more appealing, it
gets a liquid-cooled battery pack, and a
312km range according to ARAI's
optimistic driving cycle. Engineered on
the same platform as the standard
Nexon, the EV uses a permanent magnet
motor that puts out a maximum of
129hp and 245Nm of torque. This motor
draws power from a 30.2kWh 'T'-shaped
battery pack that’s placed beneath the
cabin floor. To accommodate the
additional weight of the battery, the
1. City range
The city range of this EV with two and five passengers on
board is 197km and 179km, respectively.
2. Fast charging capability
From zero to 80 per cent in one hour, and then to 100 per
cent takes an hour and 20 minutes.
3. Cost to run
With domestic electricity retailing at about Rs 8 per unit (in
Navi Mumbai), it works out to about Rs 240 for a full charge.
This means one can drive close to 200km for Rs 240, or to be
more specific, it works out to just Rs 1.2 per km
4. Popular compact SUV
Tata Motors has got it bang-on with the product they chose to
lend the EV credentials with. With the demand for compact SUVs
at an all-time high, Tata Motors did well to clone its Nexon.
1. Long-distance range anxiety
While driving in the city can be planned and hence be devoid of range-stress,
highway driving is far from being practical. Unless, of course, you are
absolutely sure that your journey doesn’t cross the true range. To give you an
idea, with two passengers on-board and slotted in D-mode, the Nexon
EV offers a highway range of 233km.
2. Slow 15amp socket charging
We understand that it is a rather large battery pack that’s feeding off a puny
15amp socket. But the current home charging duration should seem like a
more attractive prospect, than the eight hours that it currently takes.