Tata Motors launched its Nexon electric SUV today. It will be available via 60 dealers in 22 cities of India. Tata claims this is the largest network of electric cars in India.
This is the company’s 2nd electric vehicle in the market but this time around the company has embarked on a slightly different approach. When Tata Tigor EV was launched, the company initially only made it available for EESL contract orders. Last year, the vehicle was made available for the taxi segment. However, For Tata Nexon EV, the company has gone straight to the passenger segment.
Nexon EV is available in three variants – XM base, XZ+ and top XZ+ LUX. Launched at an introductory price tag of Rs 13.99 lakhs for XM, Rs 14.99 lakhs for XZ+ and Rs 15.99 lakhs for top XZ+ LUX. This means that the XM Nexon Electric is just Rs 1.3 lakh more expensive than the diesel BS6 Nexon top variant, which was launched last week. Below are the detailed prices of Tata Nexon electric, petrol and diesel.
|Variants Ex-Sh||Electric||Petrol BS6||Diesel BS6|
|Tata Nexon XE||–||Rs 6.95 lakh||Rs 8.45 lakh|
|Tata Nexon XM||Rs 13.99 lakh||Rs 7.7 lakh||Rs 9.2 lakh|
|Tata Nexon XMA||–||Rs 8.3 lakh||Rs 9.8 lakh|
|Tata Nexon XZ||–||Rs 8.7 lakh||Rs 10.2 lakh|
|Tata Nexon XZ+||Rs 14.99 lakh||Rs 9.7 lakh||Rs 11.2 lakh|
|Tata Nexon XZA+||–||Rs 10.3 lakh||Rs 11.8 lakh|
|Tata Nexon XZ+ (O)||–||Rs 10.6 lakh||Rs 12.1 lakh|
|Tata Nexon XZA+ (O)||Rs 15.99 lakh||Rs 11.2 lakh||Rs 12.7 lakh|
The electric motor in use returns 129PS and 245Nm. Nexon EV relies on a 30.2 kWh battery setup, and Ziptron electric powertrain technology. The latter will form the basis of all future electric vehicles for the passenger segment from Tata Motors. Tata Nexon EV benefits from a permanent magnet AC motor, and liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion battery pack that’s IP67 certified.Driving range as per ARAI certification is 312 kms. And the company says you can go from 0-100 kmph in less than 10 seconds. Driving modes include Drive and Sport.
Keeping in convenience in regard to charging infra, Tata Motors will offer various charging options to customers. The battery can be charged up to 80 percent in an hour when using a DC fast charger. A regular 15-ampere socket will also be available for home charging, and will but obviously take longer to charge. Select dealerships will house DC fast chargers. Warranty on battery and motor is available for 8 years or 160,000 kms (whichever is earlier).
As with the current need for smart vehicles, Tata Nexon EV will benefit from ZConnect app with a range of connected features including vehicle tracking, driving pattern assessment, navigation, speed alerts, locating charging points, and more.
On the design front, Tata Nexon EV is based on the Nexon facelift that was introduced in the market a few days earlier. This includes a flat-bottom steering wheel, instrument cluster, and LED DRLs. The top-end variant features an electric sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, and headlamps with ambient and tunnel detection. The vehicle highlights plenty of blue accents.
With the electric vehicle passenger car segment only juts coming into being, the vehicles on offer are in essence not competing with each other. However, the launch of more vehicles in this space will go a long way in making the EV segment more tangible. Following the launch of Hyundai Kona in 2019, the market then saw the MG ZS EV. And now, the Tata Nexon EV is here.
Online bookings are in place for test drives. As such, once a test drive booking is made, the Nexon EV will be brought to one’s doorstep for a test drive, as per requested time and date. Customers will be able to access a 650 strong charging network by March 2021. The home charging device is available with Nexon Ev at no extra charge, and installation will be provided by Tata Motors. Corporate customers have the option of lease. The company has designed flexible ownership options for a range of customers.