The Indian automotive industry is taking a turn for the good with the entry into the electric vehicle sector. With the government encouraging the use of alternative fuel-powered vehicles, there are going to be more EV models coming in the next few years.
Currently, the majority of the models in the market are from the big luxury brands like Audi and Porsche. Apart from that, Tata launched the Nexon EV and the Tigor EV in 2019 as budget-friendly electric vehicles in India. Nexon EV has a starting price as low as Rs 5.26 lakh (ex-showroom price) and goes up to Rs 18.03 lakh (ex-showroom price).
However, there are quite a few reasons why it’s not great to buy Nexon EV or Tigor EV right now in India.
Lack of More Charging Stations
The lack of infrastructure for charging might result in you getting stranded between places. This might not be a big issue in major cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur etc. But it is a fact that electric vehicles do not offer longer ranges like petrol and diesel-fuelled cars.
The range is almost half that of the petrol-powered cars from the same segment. This makes long-distance travel difficult in one stretch.
Next is the price of these cars. Even though they are more budget-friendly than the other models currently offered in the market, they are pretty expensive for what they come with.
Maintenance for another is more expensive than that of the petrol or diesel-fuelled cars. Even though regular maintenance is required less frequently, any damage to the car cannot be repaired everywhere. You will need specially trained mechanics or proper service centres to repair them.
Very Few Budget-Friendly Models
A lot of the major OEMs are venturing into the electric vehicle sector now. With only brands like Audi and Porsche offering models like the e-Tron and Cross Turismo in EVs, Nexon EV and Tigor EV are great choices for electric sedans in their price ranges.
Buyers in cities who don’t have long drives or require higher mileage can definitely opt for these. Whereas for others the majority of the Indian buyers, it will be smart to wait for more options to be offered.
More Choices in Future
Companies like Mahindra, Nissan and even Tata plan on launching more electric vehicles in the next 5 years; which will give us more and better choices to choose from.
Need For Regulations
Other than these, waiting for the government to set up proper regulation for the electric vehicle sector is also another issue to be faced. Even though the government is backing the shift from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to more environmentally friendly fuels, we are still a long way from enacting proper regulations to help through the transmission.
Since the major source of energy in these cars is the battery, there is always a risk of the thermal runway. Manufacturers these days avoid this issue by splitting the batteries into smaller cells. The thermal runway is basically too much heat on the battery that might result in the car catching fire.
It suffices to say that once the logistics of charging stations, easy availability of service and repair increase both in quality and quantity, electric vehicles will be the future of the industry.
But for now, let’s just conclude that even though both Nexon EV and Tigor EV are great models by themselves, it will be smarter to wait a while before switching to electric vehicles.
Let us know in the comment section what you think about buying Tata’s electric vehicles this year.