As part of recent EESL order, Tata Motors to supply 150 Nexon EVs
Tata Motors has received an order for 150 units of the Nexon EV, as a part of the recent 250-unit tender from EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited). As previously reported, the remaining 100 units will be filled by Hyundai Motors India Limited, with its Kona EV. While the Kona EV has the distinction of being India's first all-electric SUV, the Nexon EV wears the proud badge of being the first made-in-India SUV. The two companies were picked to fulfil the tender by EESL from bids open to even international manufacturers. To reiterate, the Nexon EV boasts an ARAI-certified range of 312km on a single charge from its 30.2kWh battery, and has already become the best-selling EV in India, with over 60 per cent market share.
EESL view electric vehicles not just as vehicles, but as a business model to drive Indian electric mobility, and use a proven demand aggregation model for bulk EV procurement, in this case for use in government offices. The aim is to increase EV adoption in India, and accelerate the setting up of charging infrastructure across the country. Back in 2017, EESL had floated a tender for 10,000 electric vehicles and 4,000 charging stations, which failed due to government officials reportedly refusing the electric vehicles put forth at that time, on the grounds of the vehicles not meeting requisite range and performance requirements. Mahindra and Tata Motors were said to be part of the bidding process, with their eVerito and Tigor EVs, and electric vehicle technology has come a long way since then.
As part of the bulk procurement process, EESL will receive the Tata Nexon EV XZ Plus variant at a price of Rs 14.86 lakh, a Rs 13,00 reduction from its Rs 14.99 lakh sticker price. Similarly, EESL will procure the Hyundai Kona EV at a price of Rs 21.36 lakh, a reduction of Rs 2.4 lakh from its Rs 23.7 lakh ex-showroom price.
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