Need inputs on EV options (Nexon EV vs. MG ZS EV)

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Dear dimers, anyone owns either a Tata Nexon EV or MG ZS EV? Would like to get some inputs.

Have been contemplating on getting a new car since a few months now but postponing my purchase in anticipation of a bit more refinement in EV space. I zeroed down on Nexon EV Lux+ and MG ZS EV Excite (like most prospective EV buyers).

Rumours say 2022 would witness a longer range Nexon EV on April and the 2022 MG ZS EV to go on sale either in April or August 2022. I will mostly wait for them.

In the mean time, can anyone help answer these two queries please?

1. Any consideration on expected resale post 8 year warranty period? My current grand will complete 8 years this April 2022 and I still am being offered 50% as resale value. I doubt the current generation EVs would command such high resale value, duly considering the high battery replacement cost as well. Any thoughts?

2. Anyone travelled on highways using a nexon EV? What’s the speed range and mileage on one charge on highways?

Thanks in advance.

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Wait up for more vehicles to get launched. And I have one query. What is your power source? State electricity from non fossil fuel or you got your own power generation system?🌞 If not Some states offer connected grid system via solar power with subsidies, do look it up. Better option than complete off grid system as of now.

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There are some good YouTube channels out there on which owners gave good advice and their experience of these vehicles. In my opinion buying an EV now is about saving money + concern about environment. And for those who travel 100 km daily and can afford an EV its a no brainer.


And about resale value, we are dealing with a technology which is evolving at rapid pace or who knows EV might not exist and other environmental safe options might evolve in 8 year time frame. So consider resale value as 0 for all practical purposes. 

Highway travel needs a lot of planning and plans always go wrong. Basically you need to plan in such a way that you stop for food at a place where they offer charging facility. It is best suited for journeys which can be taken with no time limitations. So most people run EV on daily basis and they have a second vehicle which can they use in emergency or for long rides. 

You say your 8 year old ‘grand’ is getting 50% value. Which vehicle is this? Grand i10? 


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10ven wrote:

Wait up for more vehicles to get launched. And I have one query. What is your power source? State electricity from non fossil fuel or you got your own power generation system?🌞 If not Some states offer connected grid system via solar power with subsidies, do look it up. Better option than complete off grid system as of now.

It’s state electricity. Not keen on investing into solar again which is going to cost around 2.5 lakhs for 5 KW which is ideal for MG ZS EV.

Sadly Telangana state provides very minimal subsidies for EVs. Hope to see some changes after next budget.

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neo13 wrote:

There are some good YouTube channels out there on which owners gave good advice and their experience of these vehicles. In my opinion buying an EV now is about saving money + concern about environment. And for those who travel 100 km daily and can afford an EV its a no brainer.


And about resale value, we are dealing with a technology which is evolving at rapid pace or who knows EV might not exist and other environmental safe options might evolve in 8 year time frame. So consider resale value as 0 for all practical purposes. 

Highway travel needs a lot of planning and plans always go wrong. Basically you need to plan in such a way that you stop for food at a place where they offer charging facility. It is best suited for journeys which can be taken with no time limitations. So most people run EV on daily basis and they have a second vehicle which can they use in emergency or for long rides. 

You say your 8 year old ‘grand’ is getting 50% value. Which vehicle is this? Grand i10? 


For me it’s saving money + ride quality. Yes, environmental impact might be an add-on but I strictly don’t believe the ecosystem is mature enough for it yet. My usage is around 1000 KM per month.


That’s the scary part I am concerned about. The resale value. Nexon sales person said battery replacement cost is 7 lakhs for full battery replacement. Got similar such estimates in case all cells need to be replaced in MG ZS as well.


My highway travel of late has been restricted mostly to our farm house which is 180 km away from home. Also, two charging station enroute at 70 and 120 km respectively. This can be tackled. One reason I am inclined towards base version of MG ZS over Nexon. Also, a few practical features on MG are marginally better and than Nexon.


Other highway travel in recent past was from Bangalore where I hire a zoomcar and drive from there.


Yes, it’s a Grand i10 Diesel Asta (o) – 2014 registered. Cost me 7.5 Lakhs back in 2014 and getting estimates of 3.8 to 4 lakhs now.

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bro stay away from mg, their batteries degrade very fast.

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kukdookoo wrote:

bro stay away from mg, their batteries degrade very fast.

Any articles or reviews about it bro? Would like to read further.

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I think you will be paying double the price if u buy mg zs EV as astor is available around 11Lakh petrol and ZS costs 10 lakhs more. Please consider Tata Nexon or wait for few years for other brands to launch their products.

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For me it’s saving money + ride quality. Yes, environmental impact might be an add-on but I strictly don’t believe the ecosystem is mature enough for it yet. My usage is around 1000 KM per month.


That’s the scary part I am concerned about. The resale value. Nexon sales person said battery replacement cost is 7 lakhs for full battery replacement. Got similar such estimates in case all cells need to be replaced in MG ZS as well.


My highway travel of late has been restricted mostly to our farm house which is 180 km away from home. Also, two charging station enroute at 70 and 120 km respectively. This can be tackled. One reason I am inclined towards base version of MG ZS over Nexon. Also, a few practical features on MG are marginally better and than Nexon.


Other highway travel in recent past was from Bangalore where I hire a zoomcar and drive from there.


Yes, it’s a Grand i10 Diesel Asta (o) – 2014 registered. Cost me 7.5 Lakhs back in 2014 and getting estimates of 3.8 to 4 lakhs now.

So you are from TG, there’s a good Telugu channel with some EV owner reviews. I was looking at Tigor EV to upgrade from our grand i10, but decided against it as that doesn’t suit us.

Ride quality is no doubt great, but it’s all about choices. You can get a good SUV or crossover at some lower price( to make up for the daily fuel cost ) and if EV really takes off, you can trade that later on and buy an EV after couple of year with upgraded tech and good range. 

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I think you will be paying double the price if u buy mg zs EV as astor is available around 11Lakh petrol and ZS costs 10 lakhs more. Please consider Tata Nexon or wait for few years for other brands to launch their products.

Base version of MG ZS EV is excite and it’s comparable to Astor Super CVT and Astor Smart CVT as features lie in between. Super CVT is 15.29 on road and Smart CVT is 17.07 on road. Assume the exact comparable version of petrol CVT to cost around 16 Lakhs on road.


zs ev excite is 12.2 lakhs on road. So it’s effectively 6.2 lakhs more than comparable petrol version. The running costs plus emi cost of ZS ev is lesser than running cost plus emi cost of petrol version. So it’s not such a bad choice to opt for ev. 

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neo13 wrote:

So you are from TG, there’s a good Telugu channel with some EV owner reviews. I was looking at Tigor EV to upgrade from our grand i10, but decided against it as that doesn’t suit us.

Ride quality is no doubt great, but it’s all about choices. You can get a good SUV or crossover at some lower price( to make up for the daily fuel cost ) and if EV really takes off, you can trade that later on and buy an EV after couple of year with upgraded tech and good range. 

I have test driven new creta and Škoda kusaq as well. Yea, these are great cars but the ride quality of ZS EV was much better and stress free. 

My calculations consider tax exemption on interest component of loan availed under section 80EEB (up to 1.5 lakhs). Super low maintenance of 2k per 10k km on ev. And running cost that’s barely Rs. 1.5 per km for ev as compared to around Rs. 11 for comparable petrol auto gear versions. Overall, though ZS EV costs 22.5 lakhs for base version. The costs are comparable to a 15 lakh petrol vehicle or even cheaper depending on km driven per month. 

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My suggestion (that is what I am following with my swift) just use your i10 for couple more years and see how it goes. By then there should be some maturity in the EV space. Personally I wouldn’t buy a EV 4 wheeler unless there would be a lot of feedback and there is upgrading of current tech. I don’t want to be the lab rat for the EV companies. 

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For your answers, Better option than dd is team bhp 😀

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with just 1000 KM a month Buying EV does not make sense economically. Hope you have done the maths considering 7-8 years of battery life, degradation of range over the years + extra price upfront.

EV does need lower maintenance..but wait a sec..as the car is priced more than petrol counterpart the insurance cost is high which takes away any cost saving towards yearly servicing 

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raghupro wrote:

I have test driven new creta and Škoda kusaq as well. Yea, these are great cars but the ride quality of ZS EV was much better and stress free. 

My calculations consider tax exemption on interest component of loan availed under section 80EEB (up to 1.5 lakhs). Super low maintenance of 2k per 10k km on ev. And running cost that’s barely Rs. 1.5 per km for ev as compared to around Rs. 11 for comparable petrol auto gear versions. Overall, though ZS EV costs 22.5 lakhs for base version. The costs are comparable to a 15 lakh petrol vehicle or even cheaper depending on km driven per month. 

Nexon petrol AMT gives 15 KMPL. Yours is mainly highway run which translates to 7-8 Rs per KM. Not Rs11 as you mentioned.


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dont take a Ev right now….it’s mostly the developmental stage…after two three years…the tech will start growing fast….and you will regret your decision….let the range get above 500-600 km…that,s usable…or else…you will waste a lot of time in charging only….the best bet right now is to take a Maruti Suzuki cng car…drive for 3-5 years..then sell and take ev…you will get 2nd best running cost..plus…maruti cng cars have very good resale value …

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Sudarshan61 wrote:

Nexon petrol AMT gives 15 KMPL. Yours is mainly highway run which translates to 7-8 Rs per KM. Not Rs11 as you mentioned.


My comparison was with likes of Kushaq or creta AMt which barely give 10KMPL in city traffic. My usage is mostly in city and not on highways. 

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According to my opinion, You should defer your purchase of EV vehicles because it’s still developing, I am sure in few years time we may get long range EV’s, better coverage of charging points, new innovations in EV etc.


All the best for your research and do share the conclusion/end result.

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raghupro wrote:

Any articles or reviews about it bro? Would like to read further.

couldn’t find that thread on teambhp anymore. will share as soon as i do.
i would stick with tata in that range. do not expect loads of chargers next year. the current regime has set the target to cut off fossil fuels by 2070,guess why?, other countries are doing it between 2030-2040 max. and it will keep on extending in 2070 even.
if u can wait till april 2022 then mahindra might also launch one. keep reading about the ev sector till then.

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raghupro wrote:

My comparison was with likes of Kushaq or creta AMt which barely give 10KMPL in city traffic. My usage is mostly in city and not on highways. 

skoda has horrible service all over the country. thanks to idiots giving franchises to one or two companies/people in a state.

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couldn’t find that thread on teambhp anymore. will share as soon as i do.
i would stick with tata in that range. do not expect loads of chargers next year. the current regime has set the target to cut off fossil fuels by 2070,guess why?, other countries are doing it between 2030-2040 max. and it will keep on extending in 2070 even.
if u can wait till april 2022 then mahindra might also launch one. keep reading about the ev sector till then.

I am not too concerned about the highway charging network just yet as the route I frequent already has two charging stations. The distance one way is 180km and we have one charging station at 80km point and other at 120km point.

Other than that, most of my long drives on vacations are either from Bangalore or Delhi, either which ways I get a zoomcar from airport and won’t travel from my base location of Hyderabad.

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mjuneja13 wrote:

For your answers, Better option than dd is team bhp 😀

Posted in the MG ZS EV thread about my concerns and awaiting response. The electric vehicles forum on team bhp isn’t the most active.

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raghupro wrote:

I am not too concerned about the highway charging network just yet as the route I frequent already has two charging stations. The distance one way is 180km and we have one charging station at 80km point and other at 120km point.

Other than that, most of my long drives on vacations are either from Bangalore or Delhi, either which ways I get a zoomcar from airport and won’t travel from my base location of Hyderabad.

Considering this usage, go for the nexon.kaash they had launched ev sedan too in this range.

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kukdookoo wrote:

Considering this usage, go for the nexon.kaash they had launched ev sedan too in this range.

they have the tigor ev don’t they?

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raghupro wrote:

they have the tigor ev don’t they?

that looks like hatchback slept with a sedan

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I am more concern about battery cost and replacement need once 8 yr warranty is over. 

what if it costs 5lakh? All the saving down the drain.

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jambui wrote:

I am more concern about battery cost and replacement need once 8 yr warranty is over. 

what if it costs 5lakh? All the saving down the drain.

a full battery replacement on Nexon EV is around 7 lakhs but ideally they only replace cells that went below 80% health. On MG ZS EV it’s almost the same too even though it has larger capacity. 

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raghupro wrote:

Base version of MG ZS EV is excite and it’s comparable to Astor Super CVT and Astor Smart CVT as features lie in between. Super CVT is 15.29 on road and Smart CVT is 17.07 on road. Assume the exact comparable version of petrol CVT to cost around 16 Lakhs on road.


zs ev excite is 12.2 lakhs on road. So it’s effectively 6.2 lakhs more than comparable petrol version. The running costs plus emi cost of ZS ev is lesser than running cost plus emi cost of petrol version. So it’s not such a bad choice to opt for ev. 

The base model comes with almost everything even touch screen stereo which isn’t offered by any company. Only downgrade is manual transmission.

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