Tata Nexon EV is the best selling electric vehicle in the Indian market. It is the most popular EV right now and most people consider buying the Nexon EV only. However, there are several questions that pop up in the minds of potential buyers. One big question that people have is how much the electricity bill will increase because of charging the Nexon EV. Because then they will be able to compare the expense to petrol or diesel driven vehicles. Here, is a video that tries to answer this question.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by K18. In the video, the vlogger who is also the owner of the Nexon EV talks about the running cost of the Nexon EV. The vlogger owns a Dark Edition of the Nexon EV. He has been using the compact SUV regularly. Because of this, he has clocked more than 2,800 km on the odometer.
The vlogger is on a drive along with his friend. He asks him to guess the electricity bill after buying the Nexon EV. His friend fails to give an answer. Then the vlogger reveals that he is paying around Rs. 2,900 per month as his electricity bill since he bought the Nexon EV. This cost includes the price of charging the electric compact SUV and daily appliances of the house such as fans, air conditioner, fridge, microwave, lights etc.
He does not share the bill amount that he used to get before he bought the Nexon EV. So, we cannot directly compare how much is the cost of charging the Nexon EV. However, after deducting the number of units used by lights and other electrical appliances, the vlogger is able to estimate the running cost of the Nexon EV. It comes out to be around Rs. 1 per km. After hearing this, the vlogger’s friend is very impressed.
Moreover, the maintenance cost of electric vehicles is less than internal-combustion powered vehicles. The reason behind this is that electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than ICE-powered vehicles. It does not have pistons, crankshafts, transmission, engine etc. The only thing that moves the wheels are electric motors. In electric vehicles, service is required for air conditioner, brake pads, suspension, tyres etc. On average people have reported a service cost of between Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 4,000.
The Nexon EV starts at Rs. 14.54 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 17.15 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in three variants. There is XM, XZ+, and XZ+ Lux. The XZ+ and XZ+ Lux variants are offered with Dark Edition.
The battery pack is rated at 30.2 kWh. It has an ARAI driving range of 312 km. In real life, the driving range is around 200 km. The electric motor can produce 129 Ps of max power and 245 Nm of peak torque.
Tata is working on a long-range version of the Nexon EV that will come with a 40 kW battery pack. It should have a claimed range of 400 km and in real life, it should do around 250 km to 300 km. The long-range Nexon EV would also come with rear disc brakes, Electronic Stability Program and adjustable brake regeneration.