The future is electric and here are some of the practical choices for electric vehicles in our country. Although these are not the first-ever electric models to be introduced in India, these may well be the reason for the electric vehicles penetrating a larger group of Indian buyers.
Tata Nexon EV Max was launched earlier this month and stands above the Nexon EV with premium features. With the new Max, Tata has brought the price and amenities to match the MG’s entry-level model – The ZS EV. However, Hyundai’s quirky electric Kona is on the high end compared to these two.
Let us compare their prices here:
|Tata Nexon EV Max||Rs 17.74 Lakh – Rs 19.24 Lakh|
|MG ZS EV||Rs 22 Lakh – Rs 25.88 Lakh|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||Rs 23.84 Lakh – Rs 24.03 Lakh|
The earlier model, Nexon EV is going at the current ex-showroom price range of Rs 14.79 Lakh – 17.40 Lakh.
Powertrains and Performance:
Tata basically upgraded Nexon EV with a better electric motor, and a bigger battery pack and added a lot of safety features in the form of the new Nexon EV Max. Now with all that ammo, Nexon EV Max is almost on par with the more premium electric models like the MG ZS EV. Hyundai’s Kona Electric is no slouch for that matter.
Here is a table comparing the battery, maximum power generated and acceleration capacity of each of these 3 models.
|Models||Battery capacity||Max Power||Max Torque||Acceleration time from 0 – 100 kmph (claimed)|
|Tata Nexon EV Max||40.5kWh||143PS||250Nm||9 seconds|
|MG ZS EV||50.3kWh||176PS||280Nm||8.5 seconds|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||39.2kWh||136Nm||395Nm||9.7 seconds|
It is clear that the ZS EV tops the performance category here with Nexon EV Max closely trailing behind. Kona electric might come with the smallest battery pack of all 3, but it definitely has the highest torque of all.
Range and Battery Charging Capacity:
|Models||ARAI certified Range||7.2 kW AC Fast charging time (0 – 100%)||50 kW DC fast charging time (0 – 80%)|
|Tata Nexon EV Max||437||6.5 hrs||56 mins|
|MG ZS EV||461||8.5 – 9 hrs||60 mins|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||452||6 hrs 10 mins||57 mins|
- The models claim impressive ARAI certified ranges but real-world range tests show that they fall slightly lower than these numbers. MG reached an impressive 317 km while the Kona electric went for 250 km.
- However, Nexon EV Max since its launch last week hasn’t been road-tested by us yet. So we can only hope it lives up to its expectations.
- Meanwhile, its parent model Nexon EV travelled up to 208 km on Indian roads.
- It is not a surprise that MG ZS takes the longest to recover from a charge drain as it comes with the biggest battery pack. But it makes Nexon EV Max look attractive with just about an hour of recharging time.
|Tata Nexon EV Max||MG ZS EV||Hyundai Kona Electric|
|Touch screen||7 inch||8 inch||7 inch|
|Ventilated front seats||Yes||–||Yes|
|Powered driver’s sear||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Electric parking brake||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Although Nexon EV Max belongs to a different segment, it has created high expectations among car enthusiasts to be able to give a tough run to the other 2 models. It also costs higher than the standard model but is still way cheaper than the ZS EV and the Kona. The safety features are also a definite plus in its column. Kona does not look that attractive with a hefty price tag but its cool and quirky design may gain favour from some buyers. ZS EV on the other hand is definitely a premium buy with all the bells and whistles it comes with.