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The New Electric car from Tata ev

               The Tata EV is that the first fully electric SUV to be launched by Tata Motors. Equipped with the company’s Ziptron electric powertrain technology, the new Tata EV is that the first electric vehicle from the corporate to be developed specifically for personal buyers. The electric SUV is obtainable in three variants – XM, XZ+ and XZ+ LUX, and comes with a typical ARAI certified stove of 312 km on one charge. The SUV also offers an efficient high voltage system, fast charging capability, extended battery life, and solid safety features.

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               SUVs and electric cars, both these became corner stones to success for many of the carmakers round 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 very 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.
              

               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 electrical 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 because of the battery pack, the Nexon has gained weight, therefore the company had to consider not making it obese.
To highlight the Nexon EV’s electric nature, the car comes with stylish blue highlights and inserts both on the outside also because the interior. The SUV itself comes in three special colour options to differentiate it from the regular Nexon which incorporates – Signature Teal Blue, Glacier White, and Moonlit Silver. All three options get dual-tone treatment with a contrast roof. The standard features include projector headlamps, LED DRLs, automatic climate control, keyless entry with button start, all four power windows, an electric tailgate, and a set of 16-inch steel wheel rim with EV highlight cover.

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               The top-end variant gets add-on features like – an electric sunroof, premium leather upholstery, automatic rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlamps with ambient and tunnel detection. Other features on offer include – 7-inch dashtop touchscreen infotainment system from Harman with 4 speakers and 4 tweeters, smartphone-based navigation, video playback, voice command, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

               The Tata Nexon EV will accompany the company’s new ZConnect application. The company says that the appliance will offer 35 advanced connected car features, right from vehicle statistics, remote access, along side safety and security options among others. On the security front, the Tata Nexon EV offers dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and cornering stability control, along side seatbelt reminder (driver & co-driver) central locking, speed sensing lock, and ISOFIX seat mounts. Also, all Nexon EV variants accompany an automatic drive with drive and sport mode.

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               The Tata Nexon EV uses a permanent magnet AC motor, which will be powered by a 30.2 kWh Lithium-Ion battery offering a maximum range of over 312 km on a single charge. The IP67 certified battery is designed to operate over a wide range of temperature, in all-weather, and it’s shockproof, waterproof and dustproof as well. The new electric powertrain within the Nexon EV puts out 245 Nm of peak torque, enough to clock triple-digit speeds in 9.9 seconds. The battery are often charged up to 80 per cent in 60 mins employing a fast charger while it’ll take 8 hours to try to to an equivalent using the home charger that is offered with the car.

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               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 therefore the alloy wheels then are lighter than those 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 everywhere the car and there is the tri-arrow design most across the car right from the headlamps, tailgate, even on the edges , in fact, it’s even inside the cabin.

               The tri-arrow theme is replicated on the seats also and therefore 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 also which provides you with all the small print on the way you drive. So, there is a graph which tells you if you’re in eco mode, if your consumption an excessive amount of power or what proportion you’ve got managed to regenerate and send back to the battery. 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 is a 12-volt socket on the parcel tray. The Nexon comes with an embedded sim with 35 connected car features, right from vehicle statistics, remote access, along side safety and security options. So yes Tata Motors has jumped into the connected car space. In fact, the corporate says that each one its electric offerings from here on will have connected features. Details just like the data operator, and even the subscription plans are going to be known at the time of launch.

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               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’s 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 altogether 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.
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
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’ll see with 85% and a variety 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 critical though a number of it are often attributed to my heavy right foot

TATA NEXON PRICE

XM

Ex-showroom ₹ 13,99,000
Insurance ₹ 68,241
RTO Amount ₹ 1,74,875
Est On-Road Price* ₹ 16.56 Lakh

XZ Plus

Ex-showroom ₹ 14,99,000
Insurance ₹ 72,741
RTO Amount ₹ 1,87,375
Est On-Road Price* ₹ 17.74 Lakh

XZ Plus LUX

Ex-showroom ₹ 15,99,000
Insurance ₹ 77,241
RTO Amount ₹ 1,99,875
Est On-Road Price* ₹ 18.92 Lakh

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