Tata Nexon EV review: Bestselling electric car in India
Electric mobility is still in its infancy as far as market acceptance is concerned but Tata Motors has been one automaker which has accelerated the growth of EVs in India with its Nexon. Ever since the launch, Tata Motors has sold over 2,000 units of the Nexon EV, making it the bestselling electric car in the country. But how good is it?
Tata Nexon EV: At a glance
The Nexon EV has the same design as the standard Nexon, which was also launched earlier this year with the new grille, headlamps and alloy wheels. However, there are some differences in the form of blue highlights and a lower ground-clearance courtesy the battery pack underneath the car. The Nexon EV comes in three color options: Glacier White, Moonlight Silver and Signature Teal Blue.
Inside the cabin
Inside, the Nexon EV has a tri-arrow theme along with a flat-bottom steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen console, an 8-speaker Harman audio system, and a digital instrument cluster. It also gets navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and support for ZConnect App, which offers features like geo-fencing, vehicle tracking, vehicle reports, and trip analytics. In terms of space, it is identical to the standard Nexon.
Power and performance
Powering the Nexon EV is a 30.2kWh battery pack and a PMS motor, which develops 127hp/245Nm. The combination comes paired to an automatic gearbox with two drive modes. The Nexon EV feels pretty quick as it does 0-100km/h in just 9.9 seconds. The regenerative braking system, which cannot be adjusted like in other EVs, is easy to get used to.
Battery and range
The vehicle's ARAI-certified range is 312km but in real-world conditions, expect 200-250km of range, depending on the way you drive. With a fast charger, the charging time is drastically reduced to 60 minutes for an 80% charge while through a regular charger, it takes around 8 hours. The battery has an 8-year warranty and the charging network is amongst the largest for an EV.
Is it worth your money?
The Nexon EV starts at Rs. 13.99 lakh and goes up to Rs. 16.25 lakh for the top-end model. It is currently the most affordable electric SUV on sale with rivals costing a lot more. Buying an electric car also means less running costs and maintenance. Hence, if your commute is mostly city based, the Nexon EV is worth making the switch.