An Electric Comparison: Nexon EV, MG ZS EV, and the Hyundai Kona

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It looks like Tata motors are playing an aggressive inning this year. With every news that they have been in, they are hitting the ball outside the park for an MSD style finish off. Starting with the Global NCAP safety ratings of the Altroz, Tiago and the Tigor facelift, now culminating in the pricing of the Nexon EV, Tata is charging with all they can. Speaking of electric vehicles, there are only a handful of them on sale in India now.

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Tata Nexon EV

Wait! aren’t we forgetting something? Mahindra was there a long time ago, with the e20. But with very limited range and the lack of charging infra meant it didn’t see much of a daylight. While Hyundai had the first-mover advantage in India with the Kona electric SUV, it is priced at the higher side of the affordable spectrum for masses. The same is the case with MG’s ZS EV. With both of them costing more than 20 lacs, eyes were set on Tata Motor’s Nexon EV. Well, Tata Motors did not disappoint us, did they?

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We now have three electric SUVs for sale in India and with a slew of government schemes for EV, the tide has started to shift. Let’s see how the rivals stack up against each other, in terms of the battery pack, power, and the punch.

The Motor and the Battery Pack

There is something in common here! All the three EVs feature a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor. What differs is the battery pack and the power (The Punch) they deliver. The Nexon houses a 30.3 kWh High energy density Lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a 129 PS and 245 Nm of torque. The Hyundai Kona features a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and delivers a 136 PS and 394 Nm of torque from its motor. The MG ZS EV features the powerful battery pack of them all and houses a 44.5 kWh pack. The ZS develops a 143 PS and 353 Nm of torque.

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Kona EV

How long until it charges fully?

The charging standard in the Tata’s Nexon EV is a CCS2. It will take about 8.5 hours for the car to fully juice up from a 15A plug point. With the fast charging, the Nexon can charge up to 80% in about 60 minutes. The Kona approximately takes about 6 hours to fully charge and with DC fast charging @50kW it charges in about 57 minutes. The ZS EV is not much different. It takes about 6-8 hours under normal charging and with a 50kW fast charging, it juices up to 80% in about 5o minutes – the fastest of them all.

The non-typical “What’s the range?”

With electric vehicles, comes a question of “How far can it go before it needs to be plugged in?”

The Tata Nexon Claims a range of 312km on a full charge as per MIDC Cycle and energy efficiency of 100Wh/Km, while the MG ZS EV claims a range of 340Km. The Kona, on the other hand, boasts a range of 452 km on a single charge, which by far is the longest offered among the three.

Warranty on the Pack

Tata Motors is offering a warranty of 8 Year or 1,60,000 km on the battery pack and 3 Year or 1,25,000 km on the vehicle itself. Hyundai also offers a similar 8 Year or 1,60,000 km warranty on the battery pack and a 3-year unlimited km warranty on the vehicle. MG offers a 5 Year unlimited warranty on the vehicle.

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The MG ZS EV

The Bigger – The Better

The Nexon measures 3993mm x 1811mm x 1606mm (LxWxH) and is the smallest of the lot, whereas the MG ZS EV measuring 4314mm X 1809mm X 1644mm (LxWxH) is the largest of the offering. The Hyundai Kona slots in between at 4180mm X 1800mm X 1570mm (LxWxH).

Pricing

The major deciding factor in almost all the purchases made. Tata Motors’ Nexon is the smallest of the lot, but at the price it comes, it seems the most “Value for Money” package in the EV menu. It is also widely available across the country. Starting at 13.99 Lakhs and goes all the way to 15.99 lakhs for the top of the line variant. MG is the next most affordable offering of the lot, costing at 20 lacs and is available at Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad. The Hyundai Kona will set you back by INR 23 lakhs.

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