The successful run of the Tata Nexon EV is a perfect example of why people are open to accepting electric vehicles over conventional petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. One of the many reasons behind people buying more electric vehicles now is the common perception of them being much more affordable to run and maintain than conventional vehicles. Affirming this common notion, a Tata Nexon EV owner has shared his total ownership costs after using his vehicle for more than two years and 80,000 km in its odometer.
In a Facebook post, a Kerala-based owner Manu M shared a comprehensive breakdown of the total cost of ownership of his 2020 Tata Nexon EV after covering 84,995 km. In the post, he shared the bifurcation of the amount spent on charging, with a separate picture added to the post describing the service costs of the vehicle.
Manu M spent around Rs 1,01,686 for charging his Tata Nexon EV, which includes both home charging and fast charging at public stations. He says that including the slow and fast charging and stabilizer losses, his car consumed 10,983 units of electricity till now, however, after excluding the stabilizer costs, the figure goes up to 11,673 units. Considering the electricity cost of Rs 8.71 and a range rate of 7.28 km per kWh, Manu M claims that the Tata Nexon EV is giving him a charging cost of Rs 1.2 per km and an ownership cost of Rs 1.58 per km, excluding the service costs. Manu M says that he drives around 114 km daily, based on which he obtained these costs.
Manu M also added another picture describing the amount and bifurcation of service costs in two years of his ownership of the Tata Nexon EV. Manu M claimed that he has spent Rs 32,375 on maintenance costs of the Nexon EV. He explains that his Nexon EV has undergone two free initial services and ten paid services. For the paid services, he paid the amount for various tasks and component replacements like transmission oil replacement, wheel alignment and balancing, labour cost, windshield fluid, coolant, AC filter replacement and disinfecting foam washing and pollen filter replacement.
For a compact all-electric SUV, the low ownership costs claimed by Manu M are encouraging enough to motivate more people to go for electric vehicles, irrespective of their monthly mileage. The Tata Nexon EV has been a runaway success, which has helped Tata Motors to establish itself as a pioneer of electric vehicles in India.
Tata Nexon EV
The Tata Nexon EV is currently offered in three different variants – XM, XZ Plus and XZ Plus Lux. All these three variants come with a front-wheel-drive configuration with an electric motor mounted at the front. This electric motor produces 129 PS of maximum power and 245 Nm of maximum torque output. These three variants also have a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, which returns a claimed driving range of 312 km and takes 8.5 hours for a full charge.
The prices for Tata Nexon EV start at Rs 14.29 lakh and go up to Rs 16.70 lakh. The top-spec XZ Plus and XZ Plus Lux are also offered in an optional ‘Black Edition’ at a premium of around Rs 20,000 over the respective variants.