The Tata Nexon EV was launched in India back in January 2020. In just a year, this compact crossover electric vehicle has gone on to become the country’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV). The Indian auto major sold over 2,200 units of the Nexon EV within the first 10 months alone. In a market where the infrastructure for EVs is still a little lackluster (to put it mildly), this is great. And it is not like the Nexon EV is cheap to buy, because it isn’t. Ex-showroom prices for this EV range between Rs 13.99 Lakh to Rs 16.25 Lakh for the entry-level and range-topping variants, respectively. However, since it is based on the standard Tata Nexon, the EV version wasn’t an alien product for buyers.
Moreover, given how the popularity of the model soared post its safety ratings, even more folks were talking about the Nexon EV. Of course, Global NCAP (GNCAP) is yet to crash-test the EV avatar of the Tata Nexon. Regardless, Tata Motors managed to sell over 2,600 units of the Nexon EV over the course of 2020. But that isn’t all, as the marque already had a few aces up its corporate sleeve for the Nexon EV. Just late last year, the Indian automaker launched a subscription program for those interested in the Nexon EV. The much-awaited service was made available in places like Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. In the meantime, customers are getting used to the whole idea of driving a brand-new car without actually having to but it.
At a time when well-established international brands like Hyundai struggled to sell enough Kona EVs, Tata made quite the mark. Of course, with a market share of over 60 percent in 2020, the Tata Nexon EV’s market penetration is no joke. It is also quite a well-equipped EV which doesn’t shy away from stretching its legs if you want some speed. Obviously, it is no Tesla, but for an affordable electric crossover, the Nexon EV is nothing to scoff at. For instance, its 0 to 100 kmph sprint time is a pretty decent 9.9 seconds. Plus, its 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is good for a maximum range of 312 km on a single charge.
The Tata Nexon EV is powered by a single electric motor which produces 127hp and 245Nm of instantaneous torque. Given its 1.4-ton mass and just one electric motor, the aforementioned performance isn’t too shabby. Meanwhile, you can charge the Nexon EV’s battery from 0 to 80 percent in just 60 minutes using a DC quick charger. However, if you use a regular 15A system, charging the battery from 10 to 90 percent can take around 8.5 hours. But considering the fact that not everyone has access to a fast charger at their homes, you might have to leave this one plugged-in overnight. If you are new to the electric car world but still like the idea of driving one, try Tata’s subscription service.