Tata Motors surprised all of us by launching Nexon EV at a shocking price, starting from 13.99 lakhs. With its launch, all the details like tech specs and variant-wise feature distribution were also revealed. After going through all these details and that of all other EVs, we have some interesting readings for you. Based on those readings, we can safely say that this Tata Motors’ offering to be the ‘Best Electric Car available in India Today’. Read on to find out why we claim so.
Today a prospective EV car buyer can choose from Mahindra e20 PLUS, Tata Tigor EV, Hyundai Kona EV, MG ZS EV and Tata Nexon EV. Key factor on which we can rule out the first two cars is their limited range of about 100 KM. Hence we have compared only the remaining three practical options from mentioned cars. Summarized below are the Top 5 reasons why we claim Nexon EV to be the best electric car in India today.
We witnessed the launch of three new EVs and those too SUVs in the past six months, first being Hyundai Kona. Hyundai offers this car at a price of Rs. 23.71 lakhs. Then came in the MG ZS EV, launched just few days back, at price starting at Rs. 20.88 lakhs. But with a phenomenal price tag, starting at Rs. 13.99 lakhs, Tata Nexon EV did steal the show. This car not only bears the lowest starting price but also has widest model range retailing out there. Its entry-level variant, XM, offers all essential features followed by mid-level XZ+ and range-topping feature-loaded XZ+ Lux variant. The latter two variants are priced at Rs. 14.99 and 15.99 lakhs respectively.
To achieve the lowest price tag, Tata Motors did not skimp on features either. Top of the line Nexon EV comes with 7-inch touch screen music system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, hill hold control, electric sunroof, keyless entry and go etc. Other two cars also offer these features in common with Nexon EV but at a higher price point. In addition to this, these electric MG and Hyundai offer ventilated front seats, electronic parking brake, ride by wire, LED headlights* and panoramic sunroof* etc. Surprisingly, Hyundai Kona, even after being the costliest, misses on connected car feature. So considering this, Nexon EV seems to be the most bang for the buck offer.
*Only available in MG ZS EV.
Battery Capacity and Range
The certified range of Nexon, ZS and Kona is 312 km, 340 km and 452 km respectively. These cars manage this range with battery capacity of 30.2 kWh, 39.2 kWh and 44.5 kWh respectively. To judge the cars better, we have deduced two parameters called certified range per lakh rupees and battery capacity per lakh rupees. We have considered the price of entry level spec cars for the calculation, as range and battery capacity remains the same across the range. The table, given below, again proves why Nexon EV is the best among them and that too by very good margin.
Power and Torque Figures
Power and torque are two key parameters with which a car’s performance can be defined and the following table mentions both for all three cars. These two parameters, in isolation, may not be the correct indicator of the cars performance. But when compared, Nexon lags behind in power by a smaller margin. In terms of torque though it has significantly lower numbers. Going by these figures, one might think Nexon EV to be the slowest one but it’s not. Claimed o – 100 kmph feat can be achieved in 8.5 secs, 9.7 secs and 9.9 secs by MG ZS, Hyundai Kona and Tata Nexon respectively. MG is faster by over a second than other two cars here. Hyundai and Tata stand shoulder to shoulder with almost identical numbers. So when compared Nexon may not lead in this comparison but considering the huge price difference, it overcomes that loss.
Charging Time and Warranty
All three cars can be juiced up using either 15 Amp AC wall charger or DC fast charger. Hyundai Kona and MG ZS have the option of AC fast charger too. When using DC fast charger all these cars take almost equal charging time of around an hour, MG being fastest with time under 50 mins. However, when using 15 A wall-mounted socket, MG is slowest of the lot as it requires double the time than what other two cars would take. In terms of battery warranty, Hyundai and Tata are at par with 1.6 lakh km or 8 years duration, whichever comes earlier. On the other hand, MG ZS comes with a warranty of 5 years and unlimited km. It’s up to you what appeals the most to you.