Several vehicle manufacturers around the world have entered the Electric Vehicle space and many of them are doing quite well. In India, we have Hyundai Kona, MG ZS EV and Tata Nexon EV in the affordable electric vehicle range. On the expensive side of the chart is Mercedes-Benz EQC. The Tata Nexon EV which is based on the regular Nexon SUV is currently the most popular electric vehicle in the country. It now slowly becoming a commonly spotted electric SUV on our roads. Even though people have started buying these EVs, the main problem we have in the country is the lack of proper charging infrastructure. This restricts many people from making EV as their primary vehicle for use. People who drive Electric Vehicles often have range anxieties too. Here we have a video that shows a couple who drove their Nexon EV from Jaipur to India-Pakistan Border in Jaisalmer and back.
The videos have been uploaded by Aakash on his youtube channel. The vlogger is also the owner and he shares his experience and tips oh how to drive an EV during long distance trip. The trip that, these couple had planned was approximately 1300 kms and they had planned this whole trip before hitting the road. This not the first time, Aakash was going on a road trip in his Nexon EV. His car has already done over 6,000 kms on the odometer which includes a trip from Jaipur to Delhi and back.
He had planned the drive pretty well and first thing in his list was charging set-up. He calls up the hotel in advance regarding the charging facility and plans the trip accordingly. He always has a multimeter and a DIY earthing kit. He also has a towing cable in his car which he might need if the charge gets drained completely. He maintained a constant speed throughout the trip. He avoided sudden acceleration and braking to improve the range. He practiced single pedal driving during the trip. Single pedal driving means the driver controls the speed using the accelerator pedal only with minimum use of brake pedal. Similarly, he also planned the stops during his trips. He marked his stoppages and marked the charging stations along the route.
Owner was very confident with Nexon EV during the trip because he had already covered over 6,000 kms and this gave him an idea about the range that his vehicle would provide him under different driving conditions. Tata Nexon EV owners have created a social media group and the updates were sent to them timely. Tata Motors also helped the couple by informing all Tata dealerships that were there in their route. By doing a bit of research and planning, EV owners can actually plan long distance trips and also overcome the range anxiety issues.
The Tata Nexon Electric SUV is powered by Ziptron technology that uses 30.2 KwH high capacity lithium ion battery. generates 129 Ps and 245 Nm of torque and has certified maximum range of 312 kms on single charge. In real world driving conditions, the range is less. The battery pack used in Nexon EV has a warranty of 8 years or 1.6 lakh kms. It is available in XM, XZ+ and XZ+ Lux trims. Prices start from Rs. 13.99 lakh, ex-showroom.