Electric Vehicle News
The Government of Kerala has purchased 65 numbers of the Tata Nexon EV, the electric SUV. These vehicles will be used by Kerala Motor Vehicle Department (MVD), as part of its ambitious ‘Safe Kerala’ program. The fleet of 65 Nexon EV's will manage and regulate the state’s vehicular traffic round the clock.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, President – Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said,
"The Kerala Govt. 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. We are indeed proud that the Nexon EV is their preferred choice for the ‘Safe Kerala’ special project on road safety. 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."
The Tata Motors team were proud that the use of Nexon EV's by the state's MVD is a validation for practicality of Electric Vehicles in India. It is estimated that the use of these EV's will help curb approximately 650 tonnes of CO2 emissions and save on the costs of 2.2 lakh litres of diesel every year. Tata Motors states that there are currently 1,500 Nexon EVs on Indian roads.
EESL is a joint venture of four public-sector undertakings under the power ministry promoting the adoption of EVs. They have purchased the Nexon EV from Tata Motors and then leased them to the Kerala MVD.
These kind of orders by government agencies like Energy Efficiency Services Limited(EESL) and Kerala MVD is huge for a company like Tata Motors and also for electric mobility.
This will increase the consumer confidence in EV's and that is a good thing. Also 1500 Nexon EV running now (Nov 2020) on Indian roads is a good news.
The Nexon EV still has some way to go to beat Tata's own Nexon who has sold 5000 units in August 2020.
But this is just the beginning and we are seeing world class electric cars like Nexon EV, the public perception will change as more and more public sector organizations use EVs.