Tata has announced that it will launch the electric version of the Nexon sub-4m SUV in India in the first quarter of 2020, i.e. between January and March 2020. The carmaker has revealed a tentative price bracket for the electric vehicle -- Rs 15 lakh to Rs 17 lakh.
It will be the first instance when Tata offers an electric car with its Ziptron technology. The Nexon will also be the first long-range EV from Tata as the carmaker is targeting a range of 300km with the new electric car.
The Tata Nexon EV won’t be the first electric car from Tata, as the carmaker already sells the Tigor EV in India. The Tigor EV, which is priced at Rs 9.26 lakh (ex-showroom, including all incentives), comes with a claimed range of 142km as per MIDC cycle -- less than half of what the Nexon EV is likely to deliver. Like the Tigor EV, the Nexon EV will also get fast charging capability.
Around the same time when the Nexon EV is launched in India, MG Motor will also enter the electric vehicle bandwagon with the eZS SUV. The MG eZS electric SUV will also be a long-range electric vehicle, but it will be bigger than the Nexon. It will most likely be priced above the Rs 20 lakh mark and will primarily rival the Kona Electric.
It is likely that the Nexon EV will be Tata’s last electric car on an old vehicle architecture and not on the company’s newly developed platforms Alfa and Omega. These two new platforms will underpin Tata cars coming in the near future. The Harrier is the first Tata model based on the Omega platform while the Altroz will be the first car based on Alfa. Both these platforms are suitable for electrification, and we already know that the Altroz will also get an electric sibling in 2020.
The electric version of the Nexon, if priced under the Rs 17 lakh mark, will be the most affordable electric car with a claimed range of over 200km. However, compared to the Nexon petrol automatic’s top variant, which is priced around Rs 11 lakh, the electric model will be more expensive by around Rs 6 lakh.