The Tata Nexon EV is the cheapest and best-selling EV in India, but consumers are still sceptical about the range of an EV. Take a look at this Nexon EV, which now gets a windmill on its roof. Why? Read to know.
The electric vehicle segment is in its nascent stage in India and the market share of EVs is still minuscule compared to regular vehicles. But there are a few people who are buying an EV, especially the Tata Nexon's electric version which is the best-selling EV in the country. Indians are also known for finding some weird solutions to problems, and today we came across this video of a Tata Nexon EV which features an interesting modification.
The video has been uploaded by Shantonil Nag on YouTube. In the video, we can see this Tata Nexon EV which has been fitted with a windmill on its roof. Though we are not quite sure why the owner of the Nexon EV has mounted the windmill, the best guess would be that he wants to charge the vehicle on the move. Even though you can appreciate the ingenuity in this modification, it is not a very practical one. This is because windmills do not generate a lot of electricity. For a windmill of the size mounted on top of the Nexon EV, its blades will have to rotate at a very high speed to generate enough electricity to charge the vehicle.
Mounting a windmill to the top of your EV affects the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Automakers try to make a vehicle as slippery as possible so it uses the least amount of energy to move forward, and thus, increasing efficiency in the process. The windmill drastically increases the drag of this Nexon EV, which means it will use more power to move forward, instead. Also, this modification is quite a heavy one, which will only make the vehicle slower and have decreased the range of the EV. Overall, this windmill setup is more detrimental than positive to this Nexon EV.
Prices for the Nexon EV start from Rs 14 lakh, ex-showroom. It is powered by a 30.2 kWh li-ion battery which transfers energy to a permanent magnet synchronous motor, which puts out max power of 129 PS and a peak torque figure of 245 Nm. It comes with two driving modes – Drive and Sports. Powered by Tata's Ziptron technology, the Nexon EV also has an ARAI-certified range of 312 kms on a single charge.