tata electric suv

In this post, we will be discussing the Tata Electric Suv and the tata nexon ev price. SUVs and electric cars, both these have become corner stones to success for most of the carmakers around the world. And Tata Motors with the Nexon EV is stepping on both these stone. Now it’s precariously poised to win or lose but the fact remains that with this car it announces that it’s ready for the EV space. It’s not the company’s first outing in the electric car business but with the Nexon EV, but with it, it plans to kill that big bird of success with these two corner stones.

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The Nexon EV gets a revised grille and there are new headlamps on offer

Tata Nexon EV Price

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The first step then is to make it look the part. It is essentially the facelift of the Nexon, so you get new headlamps, new grille design, a new teal blue colour and then there are these blue accents which are spread all across the car that are unique to the electric version. But there are more practical changes too like the bonnet has been raised and there are other modifications to make it compliant with the pedestrian protection norms which are likely to kick in in October 2020. Also thanks to the battery pack, the Nexon has gained weight, so the company had to think of not making it obese.

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The Nexon EV weighs close to 100 kilograms more than its petrol or diesel cousin 

The petrol/diesel Nexon weighs between 1188 kg – 1305 kg, but the EV weighs in at 1400 kg. So, the Nexon EV had to shed weight and the alloy wheels then are lighter than the ones on the regular car by 1 kilogram at each corner. Adding to the appeal of the electric car are the EV badges. The blue touches all over the car and there’s the tri-arrow design almost all across the car right from the headlamps, tailgate, even on the sides, in fact, it’s even inside the cabin.

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The tri-arrow design is visible all across the car and this includes the side, rear and front

The tri-arrow theme is replicated on the seats as well and the blue accents are spread across the dashboard. The cabin is updated with a new steering wheel, straight from the Altroz, and there’s the 7-inch infotainment system which gets Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Navigation via smartphone, ear parking camera and more. There’s a 7-inch digital instrument cluster as well which provides you with all the details on the way you drive. So, there’s a graph which tells you if you are in eco mode, if your using up too much power or how much you have managed to regenerate and send back to the battery.

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The 7 inch infotainment system comes equipped with Apple Carplay Android Auto connectivity

The battery itself is under the floor and you’d expect it to eat into the space at the rear. But that does not happen. The floor is flat and you get a similar amount of space as in the Nexons petrol or diesel cousin. There’s good headroom too and yes decent knee room as well. You get rear AC vents but do not get a USB charging point here. However there’s a 12-volt socket on the parcel tray.

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There is decent legroom at the rear

Now the trim we are driving is not the top end. It’s the XZ+ and misses out on leather upholstery, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps and an electric sunroof but it gets the connectivity features but sadly our car wasn’t connected but we got a short demo of what it was.

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The Nexon EV comes with 35 connected car features

The Nexon comes with an embedded sim with 35 connected car features, right from vehicle statistics, remote access, along with safety and security options. So yes Tata Motors has jumped into the connected car space. In fact, the company says that all its electric offerings from here on will have connected features. Details like the data operator, and even the subscription plans will be known at the time of launch.

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The Nexon EV drives well and the suspension sees an improvement over the petrol/diesel model

But let’s get into what it’s like to drive. I know you’ve been eagerly waiting for it. There’s 127 bhp on offer and 245 Nm of torque which are offered instantly. There’s no doubt it’s fun to drive and in sports mode gets even better because there’s 60 per cent torque that is pushed to the motor upfront to push the car and that’s fun. The suspension too is an improvement compared to the ICE model and soaks in all the road throws at you. There’s another issue that the rotary gear takes it time to shift to Drive mode and even Reverse. You have to get used to the way it changes, but yes, it’s neither quick nor smooth. 

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The Nexon EV gets an ARAI certified range of 312 km

Now, we’ve been driving this on the highway and the charge has come down at the rate of 1% per kilometre but thanks to regeneration I have gained a couple of percents I think. Wish I knew. So, yes range anxiety is a concern and though the company has got an ARAI certified mileage of 312 km on a single charge our short drive did not really provide us with that. As you can see with 85% and a range of 217, just 34 km later the range falls to 55%. Furthermore just 46 km later the charge dropped to 34% and range was just 71 km. In total then that drop is significant though some of it can be attributed to my heavy right foot, but still.

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The various range estimations on the Nexon EV saw it drop 1% battery charge per kilometre

As far as charging the car goes, you can do it via a fast charger or a home charger. Using a fast charger can give you 80% charge in just 1 hour while the home charger will take 8 hours to power up to 100 per cent.

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The Nexon will be the most affordable Electric SUV in India

It’s really interesting though Tata Motors is putting itself out there to make a product which in India has no case supporting its guaranteed win, especially when the charging infrastructure is yet to be settled upon. It is afterall the first subcompact electric SUV in the country and will be the most affordable too because the company plans to price it between ₹ 15 lakh to ₹ 17 lakh.

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The Tata Nexon EV bookings have already started across showrooms in India0Comments

The electric game is a gamble of sorts then in India atleast and with the Nexon EV Tata Motors might not have won the jackpot, but it certainly has some good cards to dent the winnings of players who are already in the game.

How to Assess Electric Car Companies & The Models

One metric to consider is which electric car companies are making the top selling vehicles, and what are the world’s most popular electric cars? The three companies selling the most electric cars in the US are Tesla, General Motors and Nissan. These three automakers account for more than 60% of all electric cars sold in the US through September in 2018. The top electric cars from these companies are:

  1. Tesla Model 3
  2. Tesla Model S
  3. Tesla Model X
  4. Chevrolet Volt
  5. Chevrolet Bolt EV
  6. Nissan LEAF

While this list is specific to the United States, one might wonder what is the world’s most popular electric car. The answer is the Nissan LEAF. But that’s largely because the LEAF has been available since 2011, and had a big head start on some of the more recent EVs. The Tesla Model 3 is currently selling at such an amazing rate, that it will surpass the LEAF in a couple months and become the new worldwide electric vehicle sales leader.

Let’s take a look at the top electric car companies:

Tesla

Tesla is by far the most popular and recognizable electric vehicle manufacturer. Tesla is an all-electric car maker, as their entire line up consists of plug-in electric vehicles only.They began selling the Tesla Roadster sports car in 2008, which was followed by the Model S full-sized lift-back, the Model X, a midsize CUV, and most recently the Model 3, which is a mid-sized sedan and has skyrocketed in overall vehicle sales. They are currently developing the model Y, an all-electric CUV, and a pure electric pickup truck concept is in the works. Tesla is the worldwide leader in electric vehicle sales and has sold nearly half a million EVs so far.

Chevrolet

Chevrolet began selling the Volt, an extended range electric vehicle (EREV) in late 2010. The Chevy Volt has been one of the top selling electric cars in the US since its launch. In fact, it was the top selling EV car in the United States in 2012 and 2013, and has been in the top 5 in US EV sales every year it’s been available. The Chevy Bolt is a long-range, all-electric EV from Chevrolet which launched in 2016 and was the second in EV sales in the US in 2017, trailing only the Tesla Model S. Chevrolet EV cars can be quickly charged with a level 2 charging station. Learn more about the best Chevy charging stations for your vehicle.

BMW

BMW currently has 5 different electric cars for sale. The i3 is an all-electric hatchback, and also comes with a gasoline range extender as an option. The other four electric BMW’s are plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Those include the i8, a high-performance sports car, the X5-40e, an electric version of the popular X5 SUV, the 330e, the electric version of BMW’s best selling car, the 3-Series, the 530e, a plug-in version of the 530 sedan, and the 740e, the PHEV version of BMW’s flagship luxury sedan the 7-Series. BMW sold over 100,000 electric vehicles in 2017, and is on course to sell about 125,000 electric vehicles in 2018. All BMW models can use a level 2 charger for quickly charging at home. Learn more about BMW electric car chargers.

Nissan

Nissan’s only EV offering is the LEAF, a 5-passenger midsize hatchback. The LEAF launched in 2010 and as mentioned above, has become the world’s best selling electric car. Nissan has sold over 350,000 LEAFs worldwide, and recently began selling the 2nd generation LEAF. Besides increasing the range of the LEAF, the 2nd generation LEAF also charges faster than the original LEAF, and now comes standard with a 6.6 kW onboard charger, double that of the original LEAF’s 3.3 kW charger. Curious about which charging station is right for your Nissan? Check out our Nissan charging station guide.

Why a Home EV Charging Station is Important

Longer range EV’s need to charge at a higher rate, because they have bigger batteries. That’s why it’s a good idea to buy an EV charging station that is powerful, so you won’t have to buy another one in a few years, because your next EV charges at a higher rate. The evolution of the Nissan LEAF is a good example of that. Another example is the Chevrolet Volt. Since the Volt’s introduction, it was limited to 3.3kW charging. However in 2019, the Volt comes standard with a 7.2 kW onboard charger. Therefore Volt owners will want to have a charging station that can deliver at least 30-amps, so they can recharge as quickly as the car is capable of doing.

So make sure you not only get a charging station that will charge the electric vehicle that you’re driving today, but also the one you’ll be driving tomorrow. Get a powerful home charging station to future-proof your investment! Whichever home charging station you select, make sure you check electric car incentives by state for discounts and rebates on home charging equipment.

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