Have you ever watched a YouTube video showing police vehicles from all of the various countries? Beginning with the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs and finishing with everything in between on the Bugatti’s. India, too, may soon make it on this chart. The Kerala Department of Motor Vehicles in India placed an order for 65 Tata Nexon EVs. Being a fully electric car it will take off the conventional fuel load. And the Range Anxiety for a vehicle which is expected to track a defined area should not be an issue. Read more on Tata Nexon EV Kerala below.
About Tata Nexon EV
Like its name, the Tata Nexon EV suggests the Tata Nexon in an all-EV-brother. Uses the Ziptron electrical architecture of the company. The Nexon EV uses an electric motor that produces a 129hp power output and a peak torque of 245Nm. The Tata Nexon EV is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack of 30.2kWh which claims a 312 km mileage certified by ARAI at a single full charge. The battery can be charged up to 80 per cent in an hour with the help of a DC fast charger, but the standard 3.3kW AC charger takes up to eight hours to charge the battery fully. To increase sales, Tata Motors is offering the Nexon EV with an 8year/1.60,000km warranty for the battery pack.
The Kerala Department of Motor Vehicles has ordered 65 vehicles to be used throughout Kerala for enforcement duties. 65 squads of the Safe Kerala project, which enforces rules and regulations on motor vehicles, will use the electric SUVs in an attempt to improve road safety. The Nexon EVs will be obtained under a dry lease arrangement (No chauffeur provided) and operated by Energy Efficient Service Ltd.(EESL) This is an agency that falls under the Indian Ministry of Power.
The contract’s term will be eight years in which the MVD Kerala must pay upfront the vehicle costs. R.K. Joythilal has been quoted saying that opting for EVs instead of ICE would encourage e-mobility and reduce vehicle use expenditure. Outside of diesel-powered vehicles all government agencies were also expected to receive EVs from April 1 2020.
All the vehicles will look like the traditional enforcers of the police. For use and protection, special gadgets such as radar speed sensors, cameras and much more will be included. Currently, the Tata Nexon EV is available in three variants that cost between Rs.13.99 and Rs.15.99 lakh. The Nexon EV has no competition in its market. Other EV cars in India include the Hyundai Kona Electric and the MG ZS EV.