Tata Motors has delivered 65 Tata Nexon EVs to Kerala Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). With this fleet of electric SUVs, the Kerala MVD is claimed to be able to mitigate approximately 650 tonnes of CO2 emissions and save on 2.2 lakh litres of diesel cost every year.
Kerala MVD, under its Safe Kerala programme, aims to make the state’s vehicular traffic management system efficient. The fleet of 65 Tata Nexon EVs are claimed to be strengthening the Kerala MVD in that strategy.
The Safe Kerala is an initiative by the Kerala Government focusing on significantly enhancing road safety by reducing traffic offences and addressing all related aspects holistically through proper training of drivers, providing safe roads, raising awareness amongst pedestrians, and ensuring effective management of vehicular traffic.
The state government agency will lease the 65 Tata Nexon EVs from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for a period of 8 years, through the Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT). The first batch of 45 Tata Nexon EVs have been delivered to the Kerala MVD in Thiruvananthapuram.
Commenting on this, Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “The Kerala Government has been at the forefront of initiating several measures to enhance public safety. We are grateful to ANERT for driving this initiative on behalf of the Kerala Government and look forward to a fruitful partnership with them and MVD.
Chandra also added, “The Nexon EV has emerged as India’s best-selling electric car, commanding a 63% market share in the personal EV segment and through these orders we are hopeful that we will continue to lead the market.”
In the first half (April-September) of current financial year (FY 2020-2021), Tata Nexon EV has grabbed the lion’s share with 1,151 units sold, registering 61.40% market share. The homegrown automaker also sells the Tigor EV all-electric compact sedan in Indian market alongside the Tata Nexon EV.
The Tata Nexon EV id claimed to be capable of delivering a driving range of 312 km on a single charge. The electric SUV’s permanent-magnet AC motor powered by a high capacity 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, churns out 129 PS of maximum power. As Tata Motors claims, the Nexon EV comes with a best-in-industry dust and waterproof battery pack, meeting IP67 standards.
The Tata Nexon EV also comes loaded with 35 mobile app based connected features, ranging from remote commands, vehicle tracking, driving behavior analytics, navigation and remote diagnostics.