Kerala’s Motor Vehicle Department had ordered 65 units of the Tata Nexon EV for enforcement duties earlier this year. The first two units of the Tata Nexon EV for Kerala MVD are ready for delivery, a new picture published on drivetokerala.com shows. facebook.com group Vandipremikal and team-bhp.com forum member anb have given a closer look at the Tata Nexon EV for MVD with the pictures here which are circulating on social media this week:
The first two units of the Tata Nexon EV for the Kerala MVD are in the mid-range XZ+ trim, the presence of a dual-tone paint and the absence of a sunroof indicate. They feature the Kerala MVD logo along with ‘Road Safety Enforcement’ lettering on the bonnet. Moreover, door panels carry special livery along with ‘Safe Kerala’ and MVD letterings and the Kerala MVD logo.
Kerala is the first state in India that will procure electric vehicles for enforcement duties. TheHindu.com had reported in June that the Kerala MVD placed orders to lease the electric vehicles from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and it opted for dry-lease (without chauffeurs) of the vehicles for eight years with an upfront cost. It is also said that an EV charging network would be established with charging stations in the 65 offices of the Enforcement Squads.
K R Jyothilal, Principal Secretary, Department of Transport had said that work orders have been placed for 65 EVs and the Kerala MVD is turning to be a role model in bringing in green mobility and this decision is part of the Kerala government’s decision to hire EVs instead of buying diesel vehicles. The Nexon EVs ordered for the Enforcement Squad are fitted with gadgets required for enforcement activities like speed radars.
It is unknown yet whether charging stations to be put up at the Enforcement Squad offices will be made available to the public but the maintenance of the Nexon EVs will be done by EESL.
Tata Nexon Electric car is available for customers in three variants XM, XZ+ and XZ+ LUX – priced at Rs 13.99 lakh, Rs 14.99 lakh and Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. With a 30.2 kWh battery pack, the Nexon EV offers a range of up to 312 km (ARAI) in a single charge. The battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 60 minutes with a DC fast charger while a regular AC charger will take 8 hours to charge completely.
The most affordable electric SUV in the country has proved to be a popular choice emerging as the best selling electric car in India, ahead of the MG ZS EV, Mahindra eVerito, Tata Tigor EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric.