In case you still have range anxiety associated with the use of electric vehicles, it is high time you get over it. Proving this as a myth is a new record made by India’s very own electric SUV – the Tata Nexon EV. The electric version of Tata Nexon has managed to complete a trip from India’s one end to the other in under 4 days. The record has now been made official by the India Book of Records as the “Fastest” by any electric vehicle to date.
In fact, Tata Motors is the first to even attempt such a record. The achievement comes as a testimony to the capability of the electric car to take cross-state trips with ease. What makes this more believable is the time in which the Nexon EV was able to complete the journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. As per the record registered by the India Book of Records, the EV covered this distance of 4003km in 95 hours and 46 minutes. This equates to a continuous drive of less than 4 days.
The associated figures achieved by the Nexon EV during the drive are even more impressive. The Nexon EV delivered an average range of over 300km through its run. It stopped a total of 21 times for charging at fast charging stations, which took 28 hours in total but saved massively on fuel costs as compared to a petrol or a diesel car. In addition to the fastest drive of its kind, the Nexon EV created 23 additional records during this attempt.
The important thing to note here is that the EV was able to find fast charging stations at regular intervals in order for this drive to be possible. As Shailesh Chandra, MD, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd pointed out, “There was a fast charging station at regular intervals, between 75kms -100kms, which itself is a great feat for India’s EV ecosystem.”
This is proof that Indian Highways are now equipped with fast charging stations for much practical use of electric vehicles for inter-state drives. Hence, gone are the days when the thought of owning an electric vehicle used to spark range anxiety among people. This also proves that the next era of mobility will largely be dedicated to electric vehicles in India.