A few days ago, the Delhi Government temporarily suspended the official subsidy offered on the Nexon EV. The government authorities made the decision after receiving several consumer complaints against the Tata Motors Nexon EV for not returning the advertised range or the promised range. The Delhi Transport said that it has constituted a 3 member committee to verify the claims of the complainants.
Tata Motors has moved to the Delhi High Court against the decision of the Delhi Government and the extreme step of delisting the Tata Nexon EV from the subsidy list. Tata Motors stated that the Delhi government took the extreme step based on an isolated complaint by a disgruntled and unsatisfied consumer. Tata has also confirmed the move and its spokesperson said,
“It is unfortunate to receive this order from the Delhi Transport Commission. We will continue to engage constructively to protect the interests of our customers. The Nexon EV is the only personal segment EV available in the market today that meets the stringent FAME norms.”
Delhi’s Cabinet Minister for Transport – Kailash Gahlot shared on Twitter that the government decided to suspend subsidy on an EV car model. The authorities are still awaiting a final report of the committee. He also mentions that multiple users of the Tata Nexon EV have complained about the sub-standard range of the vehicle. Gahlot further said that they are committed to supporting electric vehicles, however, that will not happen at a cost of trust and confidence of citizens in claims by manufacturers.
The Delhi government has issued a show-cause notice to Tata Motors after a complaint from the user of the Nexon EV. The complainant specified that he did not get the range of 312km as advertised by Tata Motors.
Vehicle range is certified by ARAI
The range of vehicles is certified by the government institution – ARAI. The range test is done under controlled conditions that are very different from real-world conditions. The Tata Nexon EV has a certified range of 312 km as per ARAI but that does not mean that it will return the same on the public roads.
Currently, Tata Nexon EV is the cheapest electric vehicle that you can buy in the Indian market. Tata Nexon EV starts from Rs. 13.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 16. 39 lakhs ex-showroom. It gets a 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery and the electric SUV is powered by Tata’s Ziptron technology. The electric motor of the Nexon EV is able to produce a max power output of 129 PS and 245 Nm of peak torque. The battery takes 8.5 hours to charge from zero to 90 per cent. However, if you are using a fast charger then the battery can be charged up to 80 per cent in just 60 minutes.
Just like petrol or diesel cars that are certified by ARAI and do not return the claimed fuel efficiency, the electric cars do the same. In the real world, where there are start-stop traffic and usage of AC and other equipment, the range drops substantially. Perhaps, ARAI should also look into changing the rules for testing the vehicles and certifying the range and fuel efficiency.