YouTube.com user Hemank Dabhade (who earlier converted his scooter into a Honda Activa Electric) has put up a video showing his new Tata Nexon EV modified with performance and styling improvements. This could very well be India’s first Tata Nexon EV modified to such an extent and we believe more updates would come in due course of time.
The Tata Nexon EV seen in the video was modified right on the day it was purchased, so Hemank wasted no time in getting to work. The stock version features ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. It comes with 16-inch four-double-spoke alloy wheels.
Dabhade has modified his Tata Nexon EV to offer better braking. The stock front brakes comprise non-drilled discs and single-piston callipers. The modified Tata Nexon EV’s front brakes have larger, drilled discs and six-piston callipers instead. The custom brake callipers are painted in black and feature Audi’s S line logo. However, it’s safe to assume that it is not a genuine Audi part.
The aftermarket alloy wheels of the modified Tata Nexon EV are 17-inch five-double-spoke units. The stock MRF Wanderer tyres have been replaced with Ultramile UM R5 tyres. The bigger wheels and skinnier tyres may have a negative effect on the range and ride quality of the electric SUV, but we’re waiting for Mayank to report back on the effects on performance in his next video.
To recap, the Tata Nexon EV has a single electric motor that drives the front wheels. This motor generates 129 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque. An IP 67-rated 30.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack provides the electricity to this motor. A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 9.9 seconds.
Charging the battery pack from 10% to 90% SOC using a normal charger connected to a 15A plug point takes 8.5 hours. Using a CCS 2 fast charger, charging from 0% to 80% SOC takes 1 hour. The Tata Nexon EV range (MIDC test cycle) is 312 km.
The Tata Nexon EV price in India begins at INR 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom India). On the 6th of this month, Tata Nexon EV subscription plans were announced for more accessibility and on the same day the compact crossover made headlines for becoming India’s best electric car in sales volume.
Earlier this year, a top official at Tata Motors offered advise on the Tata Nexon EV accessory fitments, throwing light on what to avoid. Last week the company came out with new accessories, but these were for the health and safety of the passengers and have nothing to do with performance.