Tata launched the Nexon EV compact-SUV last year. People were sceptical about the electric SUV at first but turns out the Nexon EV was the most successful electric SUV in the Indian market. It has now again managed to beat every other electric vehicle in terms of sales of April 2021. Tata sold 525 units of Nexon EV. The closest electric vehicle in terms of sales was the MG ZS EV which sold 156 units.
At the third, spot there was the Tata Tigor with 56 units and in the fourth place was the Hyundai Kona Electric with just 12 units. The Nexon and Tigor are also sold with an internal combustion engine. Tata sold 6,413 units of Nexon and 1,571 units of Tigor in April’19. According to the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), electric 4-wheeler sales grew by 52.93% to 4,588 units in FY2020-21.
The Nexon EV sold 3,805 units in the last financial year. Where every 6 out of 10 electric vehicles was a Nexon EV. These figures were of just 11 months in which our country just like the rest of the world was in a complete lockdown. So, manufacturing was not happening and there were zero sales in the month of April 2020.
Tata Nexon EV
The Nexon EV is the only compact SUV that is available with an electric powertrain. It comes with a 30.2 kWh battery pack that powers an electric motor with a max power output of 129 PS and a peak torque output of 245 Nm. All this power and torque are available as soon as you put your foot down.
The battery pack has an ARAI claimed range of 312 km. However, you should be able to get around 250 km of range on a single charge which is pretty decent. The Nexon EV can be charged in two ways. If you use a home wall 15A socket then the battery can be charged from 20 percent to 80 percent in around 8 However, if you are using a DC fast charging socket, then you can top-up from 0 to 80 percent in just 60 minutes. The Nexon EV also comes with a regenerate battery under braking. However, unlike MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, it does not come with different levels of regenerations.
The Nexon EV is able to undercut the MG ZS EV by a huge margin. The Nexon EV starts at Rs. 13.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 16.56 lakhs ex-showroom. On the other hand, the ZS EV is a more premium SUV, has better range and is also more powerful. It starts at Rs. 20.99 lakhs ex-showroom and up to Rs. 24.18 lakhs ex-showroom.
Other electric vehicles
Tata is also working on other electric vehicles for the Indian market. They showcased the Altroz EV at the Auto Expo 2020. Also, recently electric versions of the Tiago hatchback and the Tigor compact-sedan was also spotted on a test. It will get a slightly different front fascia with blue accents and there will also be a slightly different set of headlamps which will come with a projector setup. The specifications, launch timeline and the price of both the new electric vehicles have not been revealed yet.