There’s still a huge split of people who love the idea of owning an electric car and the people who think India is still not ready for electric cars. A lot also depends on the fact that it eats into your travel time if you go beyond the range of the car’s capacity to run on a full charge. The charging time of electric cars ranges anything between 45 mins to a couple of hours depending on the manufacturer.
These facts are neither stopping the buyers nor the manufacturers to venture into this new product segment. Tata Motors has been aggressively launching cars this year. The highlights remain the premium hatchback Altroz and Tata’s first electric SUV – Nexon EV. The Nexon EV competes with other electric cars in the SUV segment such as Hyundai Kona and MG ZS EV, however, the Nexon has a fair edge due to its price point along with a long drive range. Tata is already boasting of being able to send 2000 plus units in the market since its launch, which was not too long ago.
Let’s look at a Nexon EV owner who is clearly leading by example and claims to have zero running cost. Read more to find out how.
The video has been uploaded by the channel SOLAR KART on his youtube channel. The video is about the story of a doctor from Kerela who recently purchased the Nexon EV. Since he has solar panels set up in his home and he uses electricity derived from these solar panels, therefore there is no running cost for the car.
The video goes on to explain in detail the benefits of having a solar panel and investing in an electric car. The doctor claims that he doesn’t have to spend even a single penny on recharging the car as the solar panels installed at his place are able to generate enough power to provide electricity to his house and recharge his car as well. It comes without saying that compared to any fuel driven car, the electric car costs way less. This has been explained efficiently in the video with an example. The cost of running any petrol car could cost a minimum of INR 6 Lakhs for 8 years, whereas in the case of electric cars it could cost anything under INR 1 Lakh which is a significant difference.
The doctor explains further that there is also surplus electricity generated from the solar panels installed at his home and is sold separately to the state electricity board. He also shares that 30 units of electricity are more than enough to recharge batteries completely. He charges his car only once a week and that is enough to return an average of about 250 km. You also save the cost of servicing the car frequently as opposed to petrol or diesel cars.
The owner seemed extremely happy with his decision as earlier he was using a normal electric connection to charge his car and still spent some money, if not as much as a fuel driven car to run the car but since he has got solar panels installed at his home, he is literally using a zero-emission vehicle along with nil expense. The only cost to run his vehicle is a 5% road tax which is still lesser than petrol and diesel cars.
The Nexon EV is an exact replica of the original Nexon SUV launched by Tata. Both the Nexon’s have the same specs and the only differentiating factor remains that one runs on electricity and the other one on fuel. The Nexon is a sub-4 meter compact SUV. The car has been claimed to be one of the safest cars in its segment with a 5-star rating. The Nexon EV is powered by Ziptron technology which uses a 30.2 kWh high capacity lithium-ion battery. It churns a maximum of 129 Ps and 245 Nm of peak torque. It comes with a certified running distance of 312 km when fully charged. Nexon EV is available in three trims and prices start at INR 13.99 lakh, ex-showroom.