Through this collaboration, the Kerala MDV will be able to mitigate approximately 650 tonnes of CO2 emissions and save on the costs of 2.2 lakh litres of diesel every year
The Government of Kerala has selected India’s own electric SUV, the Nexon EV from Tata Motors, for its Motor Vehicle Department (MVD), as part of its ambitious ‘Safe Kerala’ programme. A smart fleet of 65 Nexon EVs will strengthen this programme to effectively manage and regulate the State’s vehicular traffic round the clock. The Kerala MVD will lease 65 Nexon EVs for a period of 8-years from the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) through the Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT). In a ceremony, the first lot of 45 Nexon EVs were delivered to the Kerala MVD in Thiruvananthapuram.
‘Safe Kerala’ is a programme that focuses on significantly enhancing road safety by reducing traffic offences and addressing all related aspects holistically through mediums such as proper training of drivers, providing safe roads, raising awareness amongst pedestrians, and ensuring effective management of vehicular traffic.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, President – Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said: “The Kerala Government 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.”
Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive brand, is leading the conversation in building awareness and preference for electric mobility in the country. It has been working collaboratively on various electric and hybrid vehicle solutions, in its endeavor to introduce the best in class, green mobility solutions. The Nexon EV, an aspirational SUV, delivers an anxiety-free long range of 312 km on a single charge with zero emissions. It is equipped with a powerful and high-efficiency 129 PS permanent-magnet AC motor powered by a high capacity 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. The EV comes with a best-in-industry dust and waterproof battery pack, which meets IP67 standards. Furthermore, it offers 35 Mobile Apps based connected features, ranging from remote commands, vehicle tracking, driving behavior analytics, navigation and remote diagnostics. With more than 1500 Nexon EVs currently plying on Indian roads, this electric SUV has been much appreciated by customers and the industry alike.