The All-Electric Tata Nexon SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Tata Nexon EV
Price: Rs 14.24 Lakhs
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 30.2 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 312 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric Tata Nexon EV SUV


Tata Motors Group, simply known as Tata, is a leading India headquarters global automotive manufacturer. Tata’s experience in EV spans geography to include the highly successful all-electric Jaguar I-PACE via its UK based Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) operations. JLR has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors since 2008.

The Nexon EV prototype was unveiled in 2014 at the New Delhi Motor Show, with the production model making its debut in 2016.  The all-electric Nexon was unveiled in December 2019 by Mr. Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD Tata Motors Ltd.  He said at the unveiling “After introducing our cutting-edge EV technology, Ziptron, we are thrilled to unveil the first EV featuring this technology – the Nexon EV. This is a high performance, connected vehicle that is uniquely suited to address the aspirations of Indian customers and break all barriers of EV adoption.”

The pure electric Nexon EV (powered by Ziptron) is available only in one EV battery size: 30.2 kWh. The company claims a range up to 312 kms on a full charge, but of course, as is the case with most EVs, the real word range is lower than the manufacturer quoted range due to driving style, driving conditions, weather, on-board services used etc. The Nexon EV has two driving modes ‘Drive Mode’ and ‘Sport Mode’. The latter gives an additional 60% torque. Of course, using the Sport Range further reduces the zero-emission range of the EV.

The interior is packed with features like: automatic climate control, rear AC vent and cooled glove box. The EV has the ZCONNECT app, which has up to 35 features. Key features include: remote commands, vehicle health monitoring, safety & security, driving & trip analytics, and location based services. The EV is equipped with a 17.78 cm Harman infotainment touchscreen. The EV is also capable of over the air updates.

The EV has a 3.3 kW AC on-board charger, which does restrict the charging speed. Most new EVs have a 7 kW on-board charger, with 11 kW fast becoming commonplace. The Nexon electric SUV is capable of fast charging and can be charged 0% to 80% in 60 minutes. Using a 15 AMP plug point, the EV will charge 10% to 90% in 8.5 hours. As is expected in an EV, the Nexon also features regenerative braking, which does help increase the electric range.

The EV can be purchased outright or can be acquired via the Tata subscription service. The EV subscription service commences from Rs 33,300 per month. The company also offers the largest EV service network in India, 24×7 breakdown assistance and doorstep service.

The company is expected to launch a new variant of the Nexon EV in 2022 with a larger EV battery (40 kWh) and a range up to 400 km. The Nexon EV has tough competition from other pure electric SUVs like the MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona electric SUV.


PROS CONS
Company and city-friendly electric SUVSmall EV battery compared to other pure electric SUVs
Good turning circle (5.1 m)Only available in one EV battery size
An affordable electric SUVOn-board charger limited to 3.3 kW AC

The All-Electric Tata Nexon SUV (credit: Tata Motors)


Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. As an example, in India, filling a full tank of fuel for the internal combustion engine (ICE) Tata Nexon SUV will cost up to Rs 5,000 (assuming an average cost per litre of Rs 100. The Tata Nexon has a fuel tank capacity of 44 L).

In comparison, the Tata Nexon Pure Electric SUV will cost less than Rs 300 for a full EV battery charge (EV Battery size: 30.2 kWh). In India, the average cost for residential electricity is between Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kWh(unit). Therefore the cost to drive per km (or mile) in a pure electric vehicle is substantially lower than a petrol or diesel vehicle.

At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant!


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Engine:Electric
Available In India:Yes

Variants (5 Options)
Dark XZ+ Lux (from Rs 16.85 L)
Dark XZ+(from Rs 15.99 L)
XZ+ Lux(from Rs 16.65 L)
XZ+(from Rs 15.65 L)
XM(from Rs 14.24 L)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 30.2 kWh
Charging:Fast charging CCS2 (0%-80% SOC: 60 mins). On-board charger 3.3 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 kms

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1606
Width (mm):1811
Length (mm):3993
Wheelbase (mm):2498
Turning Circle (m):5.1
Cargo Volume:350 L

Tata Nexon EV
EV Battery Capacity:30.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range:312 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:Fast charging CCS2 (0%-80% SOC: 60 mins). On-board charger 3.3 kW AC
Top Speed:120 kmh
0-100 kmh:9.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (PS):129
Torque (Nm):245
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,400
Colours:3
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)


The past few years, in particular, 2020 and 2021, have witnessed a phenomenal increase in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Major global economies, to include, the United States and the European Union, have documented a surge in the sales of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). In many of these countries, lower emission to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) now account for up to 15% of annual new vehicle registrations, and in some countries like Norway, even greater than 50%.

This is not a short-term trend. Instead, it is the emergence of a long-term shift towards cleaner forms of travel. Though there are many reasons to own an electric vehicle (EV), we list below some of the key reasons fuelling consumer demand for EVs.

1). Vast choice of electric vehicles

It is true, that in India, the choice of electric vehicles is still restricted, compared to international markets. In India, we have access to only up to 15 electric vehicle models to include the MG ZS EV, Hyundai Kona, Jaguar I-PACE and the Tata Nexon EV. However, in many of the matured international markets, the choice of pure electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars are up to 200 models. We expect this to only increase! However, we do hope India will see an increase in the variety and supply of EVs on sale, giving consumers a greater choice.

2). Increased zero-emission range

The emission-free driving range of electric cars have improved significantly in recent years, and the latest models of EVs can achieve well over 200 miles (WLTP), if not over 300 miles (WLTP) on a single charge. In general, EV battery size and efficiency have improved. As an example, the all-electric Kia e-Niro compact SUV has a range of 282 miles. The best-selling pure electric Nissan Leaf has an electric range of 239 miles on a single charge. Of course, the likes of Tesla electric cars have a range well over 300 miles on a single charge!

3). Increased public charging infrastructure

Yes, it is true that the public charging infrastructure in India is at a nascent stage, but in a number of international markets, AC fast charging and DC rapid charging stations are now widespread. As an example, in the UK, there are as many public charging stations as there are petrol pumps! This increase in charging accessibility has driven confidence in consumers who were hesitant to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric cars i.e. no more range anxiety! Of course, many homes in the UK also have a dedicated EV charger. For EVs to succeed in India, the deployment of public and home EV charging infrastructure is mandatory.

4). Lower running and maintenance costs

Electric vehicles have far fewer moving parts compared to conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The lower number of moving parts has reduced the maintenance burden of EVs, resulting in lower maintenance costs. Electric cars are also cheap to drive. At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant!

5). Lower air pollution

However, in our view the greatest benefit of driving electric vehicles, in particular, pure electric vehicles, is the absence of tailpipe emissions. Electric cars do not even have a tailpipe! Zero-emission electric driving has a real and immediate impact on local air quality i.e. reducing air pollution. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have reduced tailpipe pollution compared to traditional petrol and diesel vehicles.




Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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