Thiruvananthapuram: Tata Motors has delivered the first lot of 65 Nexon EVs to the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) of Kerala. The company handed over 45 Nexon EVs to the Govt of Kerala in a ceremony held in Thiruvananthapuram. The remaining 20 units will follow. The EVs are leased for eight years by the MVD as part of the ‘Safe Kerala’ road safety initiative. The fleet of 65 EVs will be deployed across the state for monitoring traffic. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) are also part of the lease deal. By employing these EVs MDV will be able to ease approximately 650 tonnes of CO2 emissions and save on the costs of 2.2 lakh litres of diesel every year.
“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,” said Shailesh Chandra, President – Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors.
Accrding to Tata, The Nexon EV has emerged as India’s best selling electric car, commanding a 63% market share in the personal EV segment. Nexon EV was launched in January this year with appealing features such as keyless entry with button start, fully automatic climate control, connected car app, electric tailgate, rear parking camera with reverse park assist.
The car which is the most affordable EV in the country, is powered by Ziptron technology and equipped with a permanent magnet AC motor powered by a Lithium-Ion battery. It has a 30.2 kWh battery offering a maximum range of over 312 km on a single charge.