My Experience of Driving Nexon EV Max for 10,000 km

I wrote about my first long-distance EV road trip back in November 2022. It was a unique experience filled with excitement and anxiety. It made me think hard about the existing challenges in owning and driving an electric vehicle over long distances.

I have now driven my EV for a total of 10,000 km within the state of Maharashtra, a combination of city drives and out-of-station drives. I have even made multiple trips on the same route I wrote about for the first time.

The vehicle has completed two servings, the first at 1,500 km and the second at 7,500 km. Both were free services; the first did not cost anything, and the second cost Rs. 1,800 for a transmission oil change.

So here I am, writing about my experience to help you better understand the ecosystem and make a more informed decision about buying and driving an electric vehicle.

Nexon EV Max

Driving Experience:

When someone wants to know about an EV, they start by asking about the cost of driving and the time required to charge the vehicle. These are undoubtedly essential questions, and I will answer them. But, the driving experience is more important to address first.

Driving an electric vehicle is unlike any Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle; there is no gear and thus no clutch pedal—only two pedals for the driver, one to accelerate and the other for the brakes. Usually, the driver uses both these pedals with the right leg. Since all-electric vehicles are automatic by design, the left hand and left leg are free while driving, reducing stress levels and providing a comforting experience. Yes, this is not an EV-specific feature; the same is true for automatic ICE vehicles.

The two key features of EVs are the silent and no-vibration drives. The vehicle makes no noise outside and in the cabin. No engine also translates to zero vibrations. Engine vibrations are the main contributor to the fatigue experienced on long-distance trips. The absence of it makes the EV drive experience very relaxing. It may sound like a minor thing to consider, but trust me, once you drive an electric, this is one of the things that you will appreciate the most.

Finally, different driving modes and efficiency features make driving electric even more fun. One can choose between Eco, City, and Sports modes in Nexon Max. Most other EVs have similar driving modes. As soon as one hits the accelerator pedal, the instant torque makes for zippy driving and provides more control over how you manoeuvre your vehicle on city roads and highways.

On the other hand, regenerative braking allows you to slow down the vehicle by releasing the accelerator pedal, thus enabling single-pedal drives. Remember, this helps one recoup energy back into the battery, enhancing range. Multiple levels of regenerative braking allow how fast or slow you want the vehicle to reduce speed and, thus, how much energy you want to regain.

My experience driving an EV has been fantastic, and I enjoy silent and no-vibration drives. I rarely change the driving modes and regen levels. I use City mode for most of my city driving and prefer Eco mode when I go on highways to be more efficient.

Odometer at 10,100 km – Nexon EV Max

Charging Experience:

Let me address the burning questions about charging times and costs. Yes, you need to plan your travel ahead of time and keep your vehicle charged accordingly. It is more challenging than taking an ICE vehicle on an impromptu drive. You can find fuel stations almost everywhere, but EV chargers have yet to be widely available.

It takes 16 hours to charge the battery from 0 to 100% on a regular 16A outlet, which is commonly available in every house. On the other hand, at a public fast charging station, the vehicle will take anywhere between 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the power output of that particular charger.

Now for the cost, the Nexon Max battery is 40kWh, meaning it takes 40 units of energy for a full charge. The cost of that energy per unit depends on the type of charger you are using.

If you use a regular home charger or a slow charger, the energy cost per unit will be as per the charges of your home electricity provider. For me, the energy provider is Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, and the cost per unit ranges between Rs. 8-12, depending on the overall energy usage. If the average price is Rs. 10 per unit, it will be Rs. 400 to charge the vehicle fully.

On public DC fast chargers, the cost varies between Rs. 18 to 24 depending on the company providing the charging service and also the power output of the charger. So an average price of Rs. 20 will enable a full charge in Rs. 800.

I charge my vehicle 80% of the time with a regular home charger, usually twice a week. I rarely charge on a public DC fast charger in the city, simply because there is no need. Whenever the battery reduces to 10-20%, I plug the vehicle for 12 hours overnight. The other 20% is fast charging whenever I travel outside the city.

At 30kW DC Fast Charger by Charge Zone- Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

Charging experience on DC fast chargers is excellent, but only sometimes. There are quite a few fundamental challenges that need to be addressed by Charge Point Operators (CPOs). I faced some common issues: wrong location on the mobile app, no power at the charging station, connection failure, only one or two points operational out of multiple shown on the app, no waiting area, etc.

Although I’m convinced that almost all modes of transport will use electricity in the future, a lot of work needs to be done. It starts from creating all different vehicle types to address the market needs and goes into building a reliable and efficient charging infrastructure which results in a smooth user experience.

I have used chargers by CPOs such as Bolt, Tata Power, Charge Zone, Jio BP Pulse, EV Pump, RechargeEV, Kurrent Charge, goEgo, and ChargeGrid. The best experience in terms of ease of use and no unexpected failures has been Charge Zone. The most unreliable has been Tata Power, but they have the largest network of chargers across India.

So it’s a work in progress, going in a good direction and with speed. For example, when I wrote about my first long-distance EV trip, I had no charger between Aurangabad to Amravati, almost 350 km. But now there are two active chargers by EV Pump on the same route, one at Jalna and the other at Mehkar, which made my journey anxiety free.

The Range:

Even though the company claims that the Nexon EV Max range is 437 km on a full charge, it is almost impossible to get that range in everyday usage. You will have to drive in Eco mode, alone, with no luggage and AC off, to get anywhere close to that number.

The range depends on multiple factors, such as your driving mode, how accelerator and brake pedals are used, regenerative braking, city or highway drive, the load in the vehicle, and AC usage.

In my experience, the city range is 300 km when you are driving alone or with one more person, with minimal luggage and AC on at all times. It comes down to 250 when you are on a highway with the same conditions and goes further down if the vehicle is fully loaded with four passengers and luggage. This is under the assumption that you will be driving close to 100 km/h on a highway.

At 60kW DC Fast Charger by EV Pump – Aurangabad, Maharashtra


My overall review is positive, ⅘ if you may. The silent and no-vibration drive experience is like nothing else; the per km cost of driving is ⅕ of the ICE vehicles in most cases. The charging infrastructure is spreading rapidly, but the reliability of available chargers needs to be enhanced.

Consider an EV as your next vehicle and help contribute to moving towards a more sustainable energy future. Do share this with someone who will benefit, and reach out if you have any specific questions; I would be happy to help in any way I can.


TATA Nexon EV XZ+ Ownership Review with Tips and Tricks

In this very first blog of mine, I wish to share my views on the TATA Nexon EV. We have taken the delivery of the vehicle on 25th October 2020, and have clocked 8000 KMs in 5 months. I present my experience with this electric SUV which happens to be an amazing choice for travelling and beyond.

Unique Features

Starting off with a few small and unique features of Nexon (also common to ICE platform) which makes the driving easier and the SUV unique.

  1. Presence of hooks at various locations like boot, B pillars which is a boon for any Indian Customer.
  2. Speed dependent volume (activates in steps after 40-50 kmph) of the infotainment system which takes care of tyre and road noise.
  3. Lane change indicators: By cranking the indicator stick to half only once will blink the indicators for 6 quick times to change lanes on highways.
  4. The tinted IRVM (inside rear view mirror) is beneficial during night drives. On pushing the lever, the high-beams of rear vehicles is dimmed (passive) and vehicles can be seen without strain on eyes.
  5. While maneuvering in very tight roads, the ORVMs (Outside rear view mirrors) can be folded electronically by the push of the mirror adjustment button.


The highly smooth and noise-less environment in the EV makes driving very peaceful. Overtaking and panic braking are very efficient and is highly reliable. Although the vehicle is heavy, it is not the case while maneuvering or accelerating. Though the projector lamps are not very bright, the high beam is very powerful and has an efficient throw of beam.

The 8000 kms that we have driven, the Nexon EV has given us an average range of 260 kms (28600/110) bringing the approximate cost to exactly 1 Re/km considering the price of 8 Rs/kWh of slow charging. 28600 being the effective total capacity of the battery in watt-hour and 110, the consumption in wh/km.

With the latest updates to the softwares of Nexon EV, the car has showed improved efficiency and patterns of cell balancing during slow charge. The infotainment system also has become smooth with the new version and using Google Maps has become easier with Android Auto.

Tips for efficient driving and Maintenance

  1. For very long drives (above 250 kms) on a single charge, always try to maintain one or zero bar eco acceleration. This bar is shown as green line on the left side of MID (multi-information display).
  2. The tyre pressure must be kept between 34-36 for maximum range.
  3. The max speed should not exceed 80 kmph and should be 70 kmph or less throughout. More the number of speed changes, more is the battery consumption.
  4. The usage of AC has an effect on the battery. This effect is more if the difference in ambient temperatures inside and outside the car is more. The compressor has to exchange more heat to bring about the temperature change. Hence, if AC is to be used efficiently keep the temperatures very near to the OAT (Outside air temperature). On an average the temperature range of 24-26 degree Celsius would be ambient without excessive cooling.
  5. Anticipating bumps and obstacles on road is recommended. This has to be done only if the traffic movement is smooth and is not at the cost of SAFETY. On an average 100 – 200 meters ( > 300 meters for speeds more than 60-70) of regeneration can be utilized while good anticipation of obstacles and bumps.
  6. As a precautionary measure we have never washed the car by drenching it in water. Only wet and dry wipe alternatively has been done (micro-fiber) to prevent any unwanted or unknowing problems to the EV that can be caused due to moisture logging. Adding to it is the ceramic coating which has been done on the car and this type of wash is beneficial for the paint and the coat.

Driving and General Tips

  1. Do not turn the steering while the brakes are applied and the car is at halt, this causes more wear and tear to brakes as well as tyres.
  2. While at signal, hand-brake can be safely engaged in D mode without causing any issues. But be sure not to accelerate (with hand-brake engaged) as D mode is active and may skid the front tyres.
  3. For very steep climbs or inclined road starts, either of the following can be done to prevent roll-back of car: i) Cross the right leg to toe the accelerator pedal and heel to lift off the brakes. ii) Use sports mode and and switch right leg from brake to accelerator very quickly (< 0.3 seconds), this might roll the car maximum by a few inches and is an efficient way.
  4. Always charge the car to 100 % while slow charging as recommended in the manual, as balancing of cells happen and BMS is calibrated correctly.
  5. Do no use the pre-cooling feature excessively as it may drain the auxiliary battery quickly.

Optional Items to be kept in EV

20 Meter extension box with energy meter.
  1. An extension box with sufficient length made of high quality wires (4 sq-mm cross section). A grounding circuit is also recommended as many village locations may not have a grounded circuit and this may prevent the car from charging.
  2. Multimeter to check auxiliary battery voltage, and to check continuity, current, voltage of various circuits for charging.
  3. Tyre inflator.
  4. A 12V DC charger/ jumpstart unit to top-up the auxiliary battery if it goes dead.

In my next post I will share the mileage and trips information in detail along with many other topics.

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