The Delhi government has decided to remove the electric model of the Tata Nexon compact SUV from its subsidy scheme for electric vehicles until a committee examines complaints that the model – the Tata Nexon EV – exceeds the required range at the same cost. failed to meet, the official said on Monday.
In a press release issued late Monday, Tata Motors termed the event as “unfortunate” and said it would continue to “constructively engage” with the relevant authorities to protect the interests of its customers.
An order issued by the Delhi Transport Department on Monday said that a three-member committee has been constituted to verify the claims of the complainants and the statements of Tata Motors in support of the model. The committee will include a consultant from Tata Motors.
Accepting the transport department’s order, “EVs will not be eligible for Tata Nexon EV subsidy until the committee submits a report and a determination is made accordingly.”
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Monday said that several customers had complained about the “shoddy” driving range provided by the Nexon EV.
Gehlot tweeted, “Delhi government has decided to reduce the subsidy on EV car models due to complaints of poor range efficiency from many consumers, pending the balance report of the committee.”
“We are dedicated to assisting EVs, but not at the expense of residents’ trust and confidence in the producers’ claims,” he said.
Last month, a show cause notice was issued to Tata Motors by the transport department after a Tata Nexon EV man claimed that it did not meet the promised range of 312 km at a given cost of its battery, officials said. he said .
The show cause notice was issued after a complainant claimed that the electric car purchased by him from a vendor at Safdarjung Enclave and registered on December 3, 2020, had failed to provide the required 312 km range at the same cost . He claimed that a distance of more than 200 km could never be achieved from the model.
On February 8, in response to the transport department’s show-cause notice, a Tata Motors consultant appeared before a transport department official and made a written submission.
The transport department’s order stated that the reply submitted by Tata Motors was thoroughly examined and found “unsatisfactory”.
The transport department’s order also cited another complainant, Dr Manoj Sharma, who had made “adverse” remarks on the model through a video tweeted by him.
The order acknowledged that the core deficiencies within EVs are likely to have an “adverse impact” on the pace of EV usage in Delhi, which Delhi is opting for with the implementation of electric car coverage.
“If strict action is not taken, most of the people may even be discouraged to depend on the claim of unique equipment manufacturers with respect to the category of vehicles, which is one of the main parameters while buying an e-vehicle. ,” it said.
Tata Motors in its statement claimed that the Nexon EV is currently the only private segment EV available that meets the stringent FAME norms.
“The range at single full price (312 km) for the Nexon EV is based on the certification received from the Automotive Analysis Affiliation of India (ARAI), the official body that independently evaluates all mass-produced vehicles below normal testing. They are often provided to customers before they do.”
The exact difference achieved in EVs depends on the use of AC, the person driving the fashion and the exact conditions pushing the car.
“Variable achievement is also a function of familiarity with the new technology, and customers report more than 10 percent growth within 4-6 weeks of familiarization,” the statement said.
“We are extraordinarily confident about the value proposition of the Nexon EV, which, since its launch 12 months ago, has steadily grown in reputation for being India’s largest promotional EV, spanning 1000 families. Proudly enjoying the pleasure of owning and running it,” it added.
Supply of purchase order incentive of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity on electric four-wheelers (subject to maximum incentive of Rs 1,50,000 per car) to home owners of first 1,000 e- under EV coverage of Delhi Government She goes. The cars will be registered in Delhi after the coverage is released. The coverage was notified in August 2020.
The car model ‘Tata Nexon EV XZ+’ manufactured by Tata Motors Limited was authorized under Delhi EV coverage eligibility.