It’s been just over a year since Tata Motors launched the Nexon EV in India, and the electric compact SUV has found nearly 3,000 happy homes across India. The Tata Nexon EV was launched on the 28th of January 2020 as India’s first homegrown electric SUV. Ever since, the Nexon EV has outsold every other electric car in India, including pricier rivals such as the Hyundai Kona and the MG eZS. The Nexon is Tata Motors’ second electric car after the Tigor EV, and prices for the compact SUV start from Rs. 13.99 lakh for the XM trim. There are two other higher trims on offer: XZ+ priced at Rs. 15.25 lakh and XZ Lux priced at Rs. 16.25 lakh. The Nexon EV is over 6 lakh cheaper than the likes of the Hyundai Kona and the MG eZS, two other SUVs that are similar in size to the Nexon. This price advantage is a big reason why so many buyers are flocking to bring the Tata Nexon Electric SUV home.
And it’s not family car buyers alone who’re buying the Tata Nexon EV in droves. Kerala Government’s Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has purchased over 60 units of the Nexon EV for patrolling and law enforcement duties. In the coming months, more government departments across India are likely to start taking delivery of the Nexon EV, which costs a lot less to operate than a petrol/diesel powered vehicle. Low running costs and zero tail pipe emissions are key highlights of the Nexon EV. The compact SUV’s high ground clearance, easily accessible spare parts, spacious interiors and Indian heritage are the other key selling points.
The Tata Nexon EV is powered by an electric motor that produces 95 kW (129 BHP) of peak power, and 245 Nm of peak torque right from idle. The motor drives the front wheels of the electric SUV through a single speed automatic gearbox. The motor derives power from a 30.2 kWh lithium ion battery stack that gets a 8 year/1.6 lakh kilometer warranty. The battery stack is IP67 rated, which means that it’s water proof.
The battery is liquid cooled to ensure a longer life and higher charge holding capacity. On a single charge, the Tata Nexon can cover upto 250 kilometers in the real world although Tata Motors claims a range/charge of 312 Kms. The Nexon EV offers two drive modes: Drive and Sport. In Sport mode, the electric SUV takes just 9.9 seconds to go from standstill to 100 Kmph, and this makes the EV the fastest car that Tata has ever built for the Indian market.
Buoyed by the Nexon EV’s success, Tata Motors is betting big on electric vehicles. The automaker plans to launch the all-electric version of the Altroz premium hatchback in the next 12 months. Also in the works is an electric variant of the Tiago. Both the Tiago and Altroz could have sub-Rs. 10 lakh price points, making them accessible to a large number of car buyers seeking electric cars at affordable price points.