Tata Nexon Electric Car Owner,
Vivek Ahuja, New Delhi
Finally after waiting for over 6 months I got my car in the beginning of this month and have done just over a 1000 kms, so writing my first feedback and experience of the car.
Booked way back in December a few days after the launch of the car; the first test drive was on 26th Jan!
Really enjoyed the short test drive, and then got to do 2 more test drives one in heavy traffic and see the battery drain with a/c ; other with very less traffic for about 40 kms and it was a really smooth experience.
TATA Power installed the charging point with the neat Legrand waterproof box. Maybe a smart meter can be part of it?
Would be better than buying a smart plug!
Had office the next day and covered 90 kms with this. Left with 35%. Some things which I observed, we haven’t gone below 119 Wh/km with traffic, without traffic, mostly in morning and evenings. Sometimes if you are not careful, while driving the gear rotation when you move from S to D, you may accidentally go to N and it works!!! No protection? Due to regenerative braking the car slows down considerably, so when that happens shouldn’t the brake lights turn on? since the car is de-accelerating quickly and drivers behind us may not realize the fact that we have regen; which could cause a mishap! Fact: if you are above 95% SOC...there is no regenerative braking, take care!
Explored the touchscreen integrated display and music system, Android and Apple both supported! works pretty well with Android auto, since integration with google maps. Apple car play works with apple maps which is still not as good as android!
Nice integration with music apps (spotify, amazon music etc.) and can read out your SMS and WhatsApp messages too!
Looking to get some better charging infrastructure installed, working with TATA power. Will share more details when I have some updates.
Ok, so 1 week office to home and home to office, charging and discharging 2 cycles, got 220 max till now on full charge. Charged with heavy rainfall one night and seems IP67 rating is good, as it did not damage anything!
Tried to charge at a relative's place, and the charging indicator showed 4th light red which means earthing problem, so I immediately disconnected! And the gun wouldn’t come out from the car; but we got good guidance from TML Service Manager and he told us 2 options which are easy and we can try and the gun will get released, and if it still doesn’t, there is a manual switch but it’s a bit tricky and your last resort, he seemed quite helpful and offered to guide us even if it was late in the evening if the 1st 2 options don’t work. We were lucky that a simple power on and 1 minute wait worked for us!!
Next day I planned to do a fast charge, so went to Connaught Place; where there are many EESL chargers; went to all, either they are OFF or there were not CCS2 connectors…finally gave up and thought better to return home while I still have some SOC! Range anxiety kicked in….12% and 10 kms to reach home, A/c switched off, a bit of sunroof opened for some air and blower without air conditioner…crawl mode started, speed limited to 50 kmph, nearly home .. finally entered my building at 5% SOC and started charging!
On iOS the app crashes every time I click on weather. But Android is OK. Quite slow to start especially with the graphics of drawing a car when you open the app. Sometimes the unlock gives an error and on 2-3 tries it works. Would be useful to have some features like ODO / Trip A / Trip B readings in the app;
Oh, there is a different app to control the air conditioner and the music system, would it be even better to merge the 2 into the same app maybe? Oh, what's this? Tata Power EV Charging Beta…so there is a list of charging stations in the main connected Zconnect app…so why this?
Too many apps!!!
One last thing before i sign off, Tata Motors guys are more involved in the whole process, i never even talked to the sales guy in the entire period, and they are quite helpful in coordinating with Tata Power, dealer, and any queries we have related to technical topics or sales topics...so definitely if you plan to buy speak to a Tata Motors person!!!
Ok, so far so good, will keep you posted after 5K!
Here are some photos of my charge point. Pardon the construction activity happening at my apartment.
The wire from the Legrand box is going from my meter to my home so we joined it from our meter output.
Since our discom is TATA POWER so it was easier...and less consideration of any objections by the discom later.
I wanted to test the DC Fast charging capacity of the Nexon EV. For those who don't know, the Nexon EV can take AC and DC power to charge the battery. AC charging is done at homes.
DC Charging sends current directly to the battery and this is faster charger.
Today, I visited the Plugngo charger at Patparganj delhi ! Not working !! It’s inside a MCD area ... gated so EV public parking shouldn’t be a problem! They even have a sofa inside while you wait!
But chargers are switched off! Plugngo app scanned the QR code and showed the options I want to choose for time / units / amount ... and enter OTP but OTP never came... their LCDs seem OFF and they MCD staff said it was working 2/3 days ago but maybe MCB is down ..
Will try again soon!
My second fast charge test ! This one east Delhi in plugNgoApp! Charged for 2 units @ Rs 10 and above that is free... 😄😄😆😆 . Much better experience than last time I went it was all OFF!
And now they even have an attendant... to help people ... maybe my tweet to Mr Sisodia made an impact? As he had inaugurated this site.
Much better than lying EESL 33 rupees per unit!!
Tata Nexon EV Ownership blog from Miraj, MH