Exactly one year ago, we took four EVs – the Tata Nexon EV, the Hyundai Kona EV, the MG ZS EV and the Mercedes-Benz EQC on a 150+ kilometre run, which felt like a monumental deal back then. But we decided to one-up ourselves and take six EVs on a 300+ kilometre
journey, including the Tata Tigor EV, Hyundai Kona EV, MG ZS EV, Jaguar I-Pace Audi e-tron and the Mercedes Benz EQC. This allowed us to experience the hassles and benefits of the EV ecosystem. Furthermore, the Porsche Taycan, BMW iX and Volvo XC40 Recharge are also around the corner. The EV space has seen a lot of action in one year, some great cars to pick from the buffet in India, and an increased charging serious infrastructure consideration..
The most extensive learning is though Tata has DC fast chargers and others too, most remain unfunctional; some open after 10 a.m some just don’t work. We went to International Tech Park in Kharadi, Pune, where 6 charging bays were lined up, and we drove each car at 70-80 km/h with an AC temperature set at 23 degrees. The range drop is 20% from what the range shows in the console. Another great learning is that AC charging works only with 7.5kWh, and when you try to plug the smaller battery cars on 22.5kWh bay, it does not support it. All cars made it back and added 50 Km range in 70 minutes of AC charging time; we used good regeneration; only Tigor EV had to be left behind since it took the longest to charge. The bottom line is that if you have a private wall mount charger at your place of work or home, you can have a pretty much hassle-free EV life; if you can’t, just don’t bother, or you will get regular daily shocks.
Porsche Taycan is another one just dropped for the enthusiasts, and what a machine it is. Yes, it’s linear, but instant acceleration and sound will begin to grow on us. Today, the Taycan gives a taste of what supercars will sound and drive like and let’s accept the foreseeable fate coming our way. Almost all car manufacturers globally have announced their plans of manufacturing only EV way post-2030, including Lamborghini. So enjoy the mechanics and engineering of internal combustion while you can.
Next month we will complete our two years of BBC Top Gear Magazine coming out of the Exhibit factory, and we have some unique stories planned for the 2nd-anniversary edition.
The future may be electric, but we will remain charged and churn out great content, electrifying ones.
Stay plugged and stay good