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2600 km trip from Bhubaneswar to Sikkim in a Tata Nexon EV Max

Had a lot of fun driving the EV. Gave me confidence that making long trips on the EV is enjoyable by planning ahead, being flexible, and enjoying the adventure, quirks and all!

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At the end of April 2024, I took my Nexon EV Max on an 1100 km journey from Bhubaneswar, Odisha to Kalimpong, West Bengal. This was followed by a drive to Yuksom, Sikkim, and back to Kalimpong, and then eventually Bhubaneswar towards the end of June 2024.

Purpose? I wanted to get away from Bhubaneswar's hot weather and enjoy cooler places in West Bengal and Sikkim. Luckily, my job lets me work from anywhere.

Drive to Kalimpong:

  • April 26, 2024: Started early at 5 AM, but had trouble with chargers in places like Balasore and Dhamtore. Stayed overnight in Kolkata at an Airbnb near Chinar Park after dealing with traffic.
  • April 27, 2024: Started at 5 AM to avoid Kolkata’s traffic, but unfortunately still got stuck. Had issues with chargers, especially at places like Golden Park Hotel & Resort. Stopped at Miramar Resort, Bidhannagar
  • April 28, 2024: Made it to Kalimpong by noon, navigating hilly roads and gaining a lot of elevation.

Other Trips:

  • Kalimpong to Yuksom, Sikkim: It was tough with narrow, bumpy roads and lots of uphill driving. As per locals, ours was the first EV to reach Yuksom!

  • Kalimpong to Bhubaneswar (the way back): Had to take a different route because of flooding. The charging situation was much smoother but had extremely long delays due to Eid-related traffic jams. Started from Kalimpong at 6 AM on a Saturday, and drove through the night to make it back to Bhubaneswar by 6 PM on Sunday.

Key Lessons:

  • Weather matters! Charging in cooler times helped a lot. If on a long trip, fast charge during early morning or evening times.
  • Learned the hard way: Always check the specific charger app, not just general ones like Plugshare, to avoid problems with power cuts.
  • TATA Power chargers were the best compared to Adani EV and BPCL - they were more reliable and worked better.
  • Note to self: Car settings reset every time I restart, which was annoying. And those wide A-pillars made driving on twisty mountain roads feel like a rally!

I did a total of 2600+ kms. Had a lot of fun driving the EV. Gave me confidence that making long trips on the EV is enjoyable by planning ahead, being flexible, and enjoying the adventure, quirks, and all!

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