Tata launched its first-ever EV in the Indian market as the Nexon EV earlier this year. It has become the best-selling EV in the Indian market and it outselling the likes of MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona EV. Well, an owner of the Tata Nexon EV has shared that Tata is now doing software update of the vehicle that has improved the range of the vehicle by about 25 to 50 km in real life! Here are the details.
The video shared by the Tata Nexon EV owner – iGuru Crazy starts by giving the details of an OTA or over-air-update that his vehicle received in the morning. For OTA update, you need to keep the car turned on and it takes about 45 minutes. In the update, the Nexon EV gets a new firmware for the connected technology and it now connects better to the Smartphone app. It also now allows the owners to change the AC temperature, turn on the AC and a few other things like sounding the horn or turn on the indicators and lamps of the car.
There is another major update for which he had to leave the vehicle at an Authorised Tata Service Centre. The service centre gave back the car in about 4 hours after the software update, which changed a lot of things in the car. To start with, he says that the FATC or the Fully Automatic Temperature Control system or the AC received an update. It has now become much quieter than before as per the owner. Also, there are updates on the Battery Management System or BMS.
According to the owner, he tested the range of the car and found out that the range has increased by quite a lot. Earlier, he used to get about 150 o 175 km inside the city limits. But, he drove the vehicle for 20 km and only 10% battery drain happened, which is much lower than before. He also added that he can now squeeze out near about 200 km from the car, which is quite a lot. Other updates including Vehicle Electric Control Unit update or the VECU update.
Such updates are set to become normal in the future with the connected car technology gaining popularity. Currently, MG Hector, MG Gloster, Hyundai Kona EV, Tata Nexon EV, new Hyundai cars like i20, Venue and Creta and Kia Seltos and Sonet offer the OTA updates. This allows customers to update the firmware of the car without the need of visiting a service centre. It works like smartphone update and since these vehicles have their own SIM cars and remain connected to the Internet, it sure is a convenient thing to do.
Tata Nexon EV is currently the most popular electric vehicle in the Indian market and it is also the most affordable of all the electric SUVs available in the market. Tata is also planning to launch the Altroz EV in the near future. Apart from the EVs, Tata will also launch a turbocharged petrol engine powered Altroz and a slew of other cars like Gravitas and production version of the HBX.