Have you ever watched a YouTube video where police vehicles of all the different countries are being showcased? Starting from the Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs and ending at the Bugatti’s with everything in between included. India might soon too make it on this list too. The Motor Vehicle Department of Kerala in India has placed an order of 65 Tata Nexon EVs. Being a completely electric car it will take off the load from the conventional fuel. And the Range Anxiety won’t be a problem for a vehicle which is supposed to monitor a fixed area. Find more below about Tata Nexon EV Kerala.
Highlights about Tata Nexon EV
The Tata Nexon EV, like its name, suggests in an all EV-brother of the Tata Nexon. It utilizes the brand’s Ziptron electric architecture. The Nexon EV uses an electric motor which produces a power output of 129hp and 245Nm of peak torque. The Tata Nexon EV is powered by a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack which claims an ARAI certified mileage of 312km on a single full charge. With the help of a DC fast charger, the battery can be charged up to 80% in an hour but the standard 3.3kW AC charger takes up to eight hours to fully charge the battery. Tata Motors offers the Nexon EV with an 8year/1,60,000km warranty for the battery pack to increase sales.
The Kerala Motor Vehicle Department has ordered 65 vehicles to be used for enforcement duties throughout Kerala. The electric SUVs will be used by 65 squads of Safe Kerala project which enforces motor vehicle rules and regulations, in an effort to increase road safety. The Nexon EVs will be obtained under dry lease system (No chauffeur provided) and maintained by the Energy Efficient Service Ltd.(EESL) It is an institution which comes under the Ministry of Power in India.
The validity of the contract will be of eight years wherein the MVD Kerala will pay the cost of the vehicles upfront. K.R. Joythilal was quoted saying that opting for EVs instead of ICE will promote e-mobility and reduce spending on vehicle usage. All the government departments were also set to receive EVs from April 1 2020 instead of diesel-powered vehicles.
All the vehicles will be made to look like the conventional Police enforcers. Special gadgets like radar speed sensors, cameras and much more will be added for use and safety. The Tata Nexon EV is currently available in three variants costing between Rs.13.99 to Rs.15.99 lakh. The Nexon EV does not have any rival in its segment. Other EV cars present in India are the Hyundai Kona Electric and the MG ZS EV.