New 2.07 update aims to improve the driveability of the Tata Nexon EV through better creep function and brake re-gen. Full story below.
Tata Nexon EV, India’s best selling electric consumer vehicle has just received a new update which aims to improve the overall driving experience. The Nexon EV’s latest 2.07 software version can be installed by taking the car to an authorized service center. The update is reported to have improved the creep function by reducing the vehicle’s response time between releasing the brake pedal and vehicle moving forward which makes the overall process smoother than before.
Another significant upgrade for the Tata Nexon EV comes in the form of better brake re-gen which was complained by some owners to be too intrusive when the battery charge levels were below 20%. Additionally, the brake pedal effort has been reduced which could be partially due to the changes made to the re-gen process. Tata Motors’ engineering department has also brought forth improvements in sensor calibration which should give a more accurate energy consumption reading while the coasting function has been optimized for a better highway driving experience as well. All told, the changes are expected to marginally improve the range but there’s no data yet to back it up.
Powering the Tata Nexon EV is a 30.2 kWh li-ion battery which transfers juice to a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, making max power and torque figures of 129Ps/245Nm respectively. It comes with two driving modes – Drive and Sports powered by Tata Ziptron technology. The claimed range of the Nexon EV is 312 kms, for which you’ll need limitless hope and prayers to match it. Owner reports of the mileage have varied from around 170 kms to 250+ kms plus. The range mainly depends on the conditions and way you drive, so don’t drive like a boffin and you should get more than 220 kms regularly.
The EV segment in India is still very-niche, as the lack of charging stations in the country still a big reason for the slow adoption rate. The Tata Nexon EV though is the best selling consumer EV in India, its price of Rs 14 lakhs makes it a very appealing vehicle and undercuts all of its rivals. It has managed to sell close to 850 units, which is miles better than its competitors the MG ZS which sold 357 units, and the Hyundai Kona Electric which has only shifted 71 of them. Along with the Tigor EV and Mahindra eVerito, a total of 1408 units of passenger EVs were shifted between April and August 2020. The Nexon EV dominates the market with over 60% of the sales in the segment and Tata plans to add an Altroz EV as well the electric HBX which should improve their market share even further.