Tata Nexon EV charger damaged beyond repair…by a cow

Stray animals can pose to be threat to EVs that sit to charge unattended for a longer duration.

Highlights
  • A cow rammed into a Tata Nexon EV while it was charging and destroyed the charging connector
  • The owner posted the pictures of his damaged connector on Twitter 
  • Tata Motors responded by enquiring about the details via a personal message 

In a bizarre incident, a Tata Nexon EV owner from Bhopal tweeted how a cow damaged the car’s charger while it was home charging. After the incident, the damage seems to be restricted to the charger connector and not the charging port in the car. However, the charger’s condition looks to have been destroyed beyond repair. While this is an unlikely event, the post has struck up a debate on improving the durability of some essential components.

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While the exact cost of the charging cable remains unknown, third-party cables can cost anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000.

Tata Nexon EV charger vs cow: what could be the solution?

In a rather unique situation, the Tata Nexon EV owner took to Twitter to show the repercussion of a cow ramming into the EV’s charger while it was charging the car. The vehicle owned by Sumit was charging at home when the incident happened. According to the owner, a cow pulled on the charger while the car was charging. As an aftermath, the charger got aggressively dislodged from its position inside the socket. 

The pictures that were uploaded showed that the charging connector was destroyed beyond repair while the socket on the vehicle itself seems to be fine. Tata Motors responded with a request to send over the details via DM to help the owner get his charger repaired or replaced. It is however unknown to what extent the damage has been caused.

Despite the incident being a standalone problem, companies will need to provide more robust peripherals especially when it comes to EVs. EVs take a substantial amount of time to charge even at a public fast charger, this greatly increases the chances of the components such as connectors and cables being subjected to external factors such as stray animals. It’s thus necessary to make such items more sturdy.