TATA NEXON EV (review) : Electric car is better than gasoline cars



Interior: In terms of interior space, features and practicality, the Nexon EV takes everything from the regular Nexon and makes it a worthy product. The new nature of driving an electric car makes the Nexon EV a fun and fast car to drive. It still drives beautifully, and although the extra weight from the batteries has changed handling, it's not something that affects the driving experience much. The main problem with a car like the Nexon EV is that while Tata claims a range of 312km, we got a much lower range in our real-world tests.


This low range would not be a problem if there was a fully developed charging network across the country. We are still some time away from that, which currently limits cars like the Nexon EV to urban areas or to someone who wants to live with the times, have the space and bandwidth to have a charging point or eventually keep it as a secondary vehicle.


Power and Performance : The Tata Nexon EV's electric motor produces 127 bhp and 245 Nm of torque and is powered by a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion liquid-cooled battery pack. There is also a single speed gearbox that powers the front wheels. The battery pack is certified for IP67 level of protection and the car can wade into a foot of water without any worries, which combined with the 205mm ground clearance makes it the best offering of its kind for our roads. At 1440kgs, it is significantly heavier than the ICE-powered Nexon, due to the low-slung battery pack that distributes the car's weight 50:50. Top speed- 120km/h


In terms of some straight thrills, the Nexon revealed some impressive figures in our testing. In full-fat S mode, it does the 0-100 km sprint in 9.14 seconds, which drops to 17.38 seconds in the more subdued D-mode. Urban areas, where drivability is key, achieved a 20-80 km roll-on time of 5.11 seconds in S-mode, while it dropped to 8.33 seconds in D-mode.


Charging time :

The 3.3kW AC charger takes eight hours to fully charge when plugged into a 15A plug point. However, if you plug the car into a fast charger, you can go from 0 percent to 80 percent in just 60 minutes. Tata also provides you with an emergency charger that can take up to 24 hours to fully charge. The car also has regenerative braking that provides engine braking when you step off the throttle and helps recharge the battery. The latter soon becomes a challenge to see how much you can put back into the battery.


Electric car or Gasoline Car : This is where EV owners win. Going electric means you can avoid costly trips to the pump, which is one of the biggest draws of making the switch. A 2018 study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that the average cost of fueling an electric car was $485 per year, compared to $1,117 for a gas-powered vehicle. A 2020 Consumer Reports study shows that EV drivers spend 60 percent less on fuel each year than drivers of gas-powered cars.


   But these savings calculations aren't the same for everyone. Here it can get a little complicated.


Currently priced between Rs 14.80 lakh and Rs 17.12 lakh (on-road Delhi). What's more, since it's an EV, you get income tax benefits and personal subsidies like reimbursement of road tax and state-wise registration.


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