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Tata Nexon EV | India’s most selling electric vehicle





The first truly affordable EV may be the game-changer for Tata and set a benchmark that competitors will need to beat. Despite all the talk about the need for going towards affordable electric mobility, EVs have largely been in the top tier price range worldwide. The concept of affordability is also skewed in the Indian context where mass adoption can only happen when small EVs can be made available at a moderate price differential to their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. That the talk is still focused on 0-100kmph sprint times and the ability of the latest EV to drag ICE competitors in a tug-of-war is indicative of the prevailing mentality. Yes, it is understandable that any new technology needs a bit of a novelty to break out of its mould. But the attempt at going green will not be served by pricey, niche EVs that are focused on making supercars look like sloths. It can, however, be helped by practical, affordable EVs, usable everyday like the new Tata Nexon EV.
The Nexon EV is not the first electric from Tata; the Tigor EV has been around for a while now, being sold exclusively in the taxi market. Tata sold about 200 units of Tata Nexon EV.

DESIGN

The Nexon EV design is also almost identical to the conventional fuel models and based on its IC engine counterpart i.e. Tata Nexon. The biggest differentiator will be the metallic teal blue pain job and the matching accents on the exterior of EV. With a spectacular range of 312 km, it has achieved the highest range in India for EVs.
There are design changes that give the Nexon EV a temporary uniqueness, but the BS-VI variants of the ICE Nexon will soon sport most of these. The bonnet is lowered, for example, in keeping with the attempt to meet the new pedestrian safety norms. The headlamp design is sharper, with squared-off edges and the light configuration includes new LED DRLs that also double up as turn indicators. All variants will come with full auto climate control, automatic transmission with Drive and Sport Mode, dual airbags, ABS and EBD, a telematics app and keyless entry and push start/stop.

The dimensions are as follows:

Length x Width x Height (mm) 3993 x 1811 x 1606, Wheelbase (mm) 2498, Ground clearance (mm) – unladed 205, Boot space (Litre) 350, Kerb weight (kg) 1400


 INTERIOR

The Tata NEXON EV will come in three variants- the EV XM, EV XZ+ and EV XZ+ LUX. The EV XZ+ will get contrast dual-tone roof color, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, and reverse park assist. The high-end EV XZ+ LUX gets a sunroof, premium leather seats and automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
Engine & Drivetrain
The new Ziptron technology features a Battery Management System (BMS) that promises extended life and Tata has announced an 8 year warranty for the battery. The NEXON EV also features a Permanent Magnet AC motor that has been tested for more than 1 million kilometres.

The drivetrain will also allow the Nexon EV to race from 0-60km/h in 4.8 seconds, and from 0-100km/h in just 9.9 seconds. Peak torque is rated at 245Nm.  It also has a liquid cooling mechanism. 30.2 kWh High energy density Lithium-ion battery pack is the main battery of the car. Smart regenerative braking, Hill Ascent Assist, Hill Descent Assist are some of the smart features included in the car. The charging specs are incredible and are as follows:

Charging Standard-CCS 2, Estimated regular charging time (SOC 10% to 90% from any 15 A plug point) 8.5 hours, Estimated Fast Charging time (SOC 0%-80%) 60 minutes



The plus point is a low operating cost at about ₹1.1 per km Vs ₹6.5 for petrol and ₹5.5 for diesel, which means one would start saving money in quick time. For now, the Nexon EV gives a good glimpse of the exciting new world of electric mobility.


PRICE

Tata Nexon EV priced between ₹13.99 lakh and ₹15.99 lakh and the price is the same all over India.

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