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As our natural resources, petrol and diesel, are getting scarce, automobile manufacturers are concentrating more on electric vehicles. In the past, a lot of manufacturers like Tata Motors, MG Motors and Hyundai have launched EVs in the Indian market. Manufacturers are also focusing on EVs because they are the best for our environment as they reduce pollution.
Tata launched the Nexon EV earlier this year and the response so far has been amazing. As far as the numbers go, the company managed to sell 198 units of the Nexon EVs, while MG Motors managed to sell 116 units of the ZS EV. On the other hand, the numbers for the Hyundai Kona EV are not yet disclosed, but as the Kona is selling in limited numbers in our country, we expect that the company would have sold lesser units compared to Tata and MG manufacturers.
The Nexon EV is offered with a starting price of Rs 13.99 lakh for the base and Rs 15.99 lakh for the top-end variant (all prices are ex-showroom). The three trims on the Tata Nexon EV are XM, XZ+ and XZ+ LUX. Overall, the new Nexon EV is based on the facelifted version of the standard ICE-powered compact SUV. The Tata Nexon EV is also available in three colour options: Signature Teal Blue, Glacier White, and Moonlit Silver.
Powering the Nexon EV is a 95kW electric motor which is connected to the front wheels. The motor is paired with a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack that produced 129bhp and 245Nm of peak torque. Tata Motors claims the EV is capable of offering a range of 312km on a single charge (ARAI-certified). However, the real-world figures will be between 250 - 300 kms depending on what mode you drive the car (City & Sport).
As far as the charging goes, the EV is offered with a home charger, which takes around 8 hours for a complete charge. While the fast-charging technology that requires a fast-charging station, which the company plans to install across various parts of major cities, will charge the Nexon EV batteries from 0 - 80 percent in just 60 mins.
Thoughts On The Tata Nexon EV
The Tata Nexon EV is India's first compact SUV that looks really amazing and performs great. However, the EV does not have any direct rival in the Indian market, but as of now, it will go up against the likes of the Hyundai Kona and MG ZS EV.