The Tata Nexon EV is the cheapest way to join the electric vehicle revolution in India. Recently Kerala inducted them to their MVD as part of their 'Safe Kerala' initiative, and today we have an user review from them.
The Thiruvananthapuram Kerala Motor Vehicle Department received their first batch of 65 Tata Nexon EVs in a ceremony held last month. It has been distributed to different districts and the MVD has started using the Electric SUV. The Tata Nexon EV was launched in the Indian market earlier this year and is currently the cheapest electric vehicle on sale in India. Though competition is scarce, its closest rivals will be the Hyundai Kona and the MG ZS EV Today we have this video that talks about how the police officers from Kerala are feeling about the change to the Nexon EV.
In the video that has been uploaded by Motorhead Girl on YouTube, we have the Motor Vehicle Inspector talking about their experience with the Tata Nexon EV. The squad currently uses the EVs for enforcement duties and the Inspector is very pleased with the vehicle. As the officers usually are on duty for 8 hours at least, they find driving an automatic vehicle much less tiring than a manual. Also, being an EV, the Nexon is a fair bit more economical compared to the regular ICE vehicle that was in use before. During their shifts, the squad would be covering a distance of around 75-100 kms. The Inspector says that there is still at least 50% of charge left after finishing their shifts, they simply leave it for charging overnight at the station and pick it up the next morning.
Since it uses electric propulsion instead of a regular engine, the Tata Nexon EV is a very silent vehicle. Also, it has the typical instant torque delivery of an electric motor which helps the MVD during emergencies. The Inspector in the video was very impressed with the SUV and even said that his next personal vehicle may be an electric as well. He talks about how passersby are very curious to know about the vehicle when that spot it on the roads. Also being an EV, the Nexon is an environment-friendly vehicle and has comparatively lower running costs than regular petrol or diesel-powered vehicles.
The Kerala MVD selected the Nexon EV as parts of its ‘Safe Kerala Programme’, which 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.
Starting at prices just under Rs 14 lakh, The Nexon EV is one of the most popular and affordable EVs in the market currently. Powering it is a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery which drives a 129 PS permanent-magnet AC motor and has a theoretical range of over 300 kilometres and also gets dust and water protection for the battery pack. It takes 6-8 hours on a home AC outlet for the Nexon EV to fully charge, but if you use a public charger or have the fast charger at home you reach 80% within 50 minutes.