The Tata Nexon EV is likely to cost somewhere around Rs. 15 lakhs, ex-showroom.
What could be India’s first mass-market electric car (keeping the Mahindra e-Verito & e20 in a sad corner), the Tata Nexon EV breaks cover in Mumbai on Thursday. The Nexon EV will be based on the Nexon facelift and will measure 3995 mm in length, 1811 mm in width and have a height of 1607 mm. The wheelbase will be the same at 2498 mm as the pre-facelift Nexon. Due to a different suspension calibration, the Nexon EV will have a ground clearance of 209 mm instead of its fossil-fuel powered alternatives that stand at 215 mm. At the rear, the SUV will feature a semi-independent suspension with a torsion beam setup.
Though it is yet to be confirmed, it is likely that the Nexon EV will be offered in 2 variants. While the base model is expected to be more price-sensitive, the higher trim is likely to get push-button start with a smart key, full-LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, a sunroof, power-folding wing mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a Harman-sourced infotainment system with a rearview camera and park assist feature, eight speakers and Tata’s ConnectNext connectivity suite with voice command and other app-based features. It will also feature automatic control and dual-tone exterior paint combinations.
The Tata Nexon EV will feature the brand’s Ziptron technology and will have a battery mounted under the floor. It shall aid in reducing the centre of gravity and control the body roll when compared to its petrol/diesel-powered siblings. The Nexon EV will feature by a 28.8 kwh battery pack that powers a 95kW/254 Nm motor. It is likely that the compact SUV will belt 129 PS of power.
For any electric vehicle, it all comes down to the range on offer and price in the end. The Tata Nexon EV claims to extend a range of 300 kms (Based on the Modified Indian Driving Cycle) on a full charge. It is speculated that the subcompact electric SUV will charge up to 80% in an hour with a DC fast charger and will take around 8-9 hours via a standard AC charger to clock 100%. It will have a hill-assist function and an energy regeneration feature. On top of that, Tata might offer an 8 year/1,60,000 kms warranty as standard.
Coming to the price, the Nexon EV is likely to cost somewhere around Rs. 15 lakhs, ex-showroom. Although there aren’t many options in the same price range as of now, the Indian market is soon filling up with electric options like the Tata Altroz EV, the Mahindra eKUV and the Ford Aspire electric sedan. The Hyundai Kona (Rs. 23.72 lakhs) and the MG ZS EV (Rs. 22 lakhs) are currently on offer. Maruti Suzuki’s Futuro-E concept, which will preview a small electric SUV, will make its debut at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Tata Nexon EV Details
– The Nexon EV will be based on the Nexon facelift
– Will feature the brand’s Ziptron technology
– Claims to extend a range of 300 kms on a full charge
Source – AutocarIndia.com