At the beginning of Calendar Year 2020, Tata launched its first long-range electric SUV, the Nexon EV based on its internal combustion engine-powered sibling the Tata Nexon. The Tata Nexon EV comes with an ARAI tested range of 312 km and according to new reports, the range on the electric SUV is likely to be improved in the near future.
Improving the range on EV car is not new and Hyundai recently did the same with its European-spec Kona Electric which saw an improvement from 449 km to 489 km. Even Tesla has tweaked its Model S Long Range and Model X Long Range have been improved by 28 km and 37 km. The range improvements have been brought by updating the powertrain software, more efficient tyres, tweaking the EVs mechanical bits and further improving aerodynamic efficiency. Tata is also likely to take a similar route and the EV is likely to use the same battery pack and electric motor. But details on how much the range will be improved and when? has not been revealed yet.
Powering the Tata Nexon EV is an IP67 standard compliant Liquid-Cooled Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion liquid-cooled battery pack that can develop 129 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque matched to a single-speed transmission. The Nexon EV can be charged using regular and fast charging and the electric car can achieve an 80% state of charge in 60 minutes using a fast charger and the regular charging time takes 8 hours from 20% to 100% when plugged into a 15A socket at home.
In terms of safety, the Nexon EV comes with driver and front passenger airbags, seat belt reminder for the driver and co-driver, speed sensing auto door lock, perimetric alarm system, child locks, ISOFIX seats, fog lamps and cornering lamps as standard.
The Nexon EV comes in three trim levels starting with Nexon EV XM priced at INR 13.99 lakh, Nexon EV XZ+ priced at INR 14.99 lakh and Nexon EV XZ+ Lux priced at INR 15.99 lakh.