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Delhi to Nainital in my Nexon EV: Observations on battery range & more

The last 1 hour leg of the journey did give some range anxiety as the last 25 km drive was uphill right from Kaladhungi to Khurpatal.

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First Impressions - Road trip Delhi to Nainital

Hello fellow BHPians,

This is first post ever on any form and so please excuse me for any shortcomings in this post.

Having bought a Nexon EV XZ+ this July I was itching to go on a trip and the opportunity presented itself when the long 15th August weekend came along.

Did a bit of research online , read all the posts in this forum and I was ready to go on this adventure with a friend.

14th August 6a.m.

Started with SOC of 100% left the city early to beat the morning rush of Delhites headings out of town to make the best of the long weekend. Stopped enroute to pick up my friend and we were off .

9:15am we reached the Statiq 60kw fast charger at Gajraula. The top-up was rather quick as at 10:36 we were at 100% SOC. The interlude gave us time for quick breakfast at Chicago Pizza . The huge McDonald's was shut for upgradation.

Our next pit stop as per the plan was at Hotel Suba GenX at Beil Padao, Corbett National Park taking the scenic Tanda - Bazpur route. We reached the Tata 30kw charger at 1:45pm and immediately plunged in . Unfortunately this fast charger had some issues and just would not charge beyond a few minutes. It took us 5 charging sessions spread over two hours to get as upto 57% SOC . Having lost a lot of time we took a call that this amount of charge would take us to our destination at Khurpatal a distance of 40km.

The last 1 hour leg of the journey did give some range anxiety as the last 25 km drive was uphill right from Kaladhungi to Khurpatal. We made it our destination with 18% SOC drive this part of the journey without air conditioning ( trying to save every bit of charge) reaching at 5pm.

As per my observations of energy consumption:

  • Highway speeds of ~100km/h with AC set at 25°C and the ambient outside temperature of 35°C I got about 2km per percentage drop in SOC.
  • Highway speeds of ~60km/h without AC I was able to squeeze a range of about 2.8km for every percent drop in SOC.
  • Hill drive without air conditioning I observed a 1 percentage point drop in SOC per km of driving.

I hope this small post well help our EV riders to enjoy the fun of long drives out of town.

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