Tata Motors receives orders for 300 EVs from CESL

Tuhin Guha Updated: May 20, 2021, 06:41 PM IST

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) has announced it will procure 300 EVs from Tata Motors. This tender is valued at Rs 44 crore and will be fulfilled in two stages. CESL is a subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and this deal is part of the Scaling up Demand Side Energy Efficiency Sector Project financed by the Asian Development Bank line of credit to CESL. The vehicles procured will be pressed into service across government agencies.

In the first stage, Tata Motors will supply CESL with 300 EVs of less than 4m length at Rs 14,33,000 per unit. The EVs are required to come with a three-year warranty and offer at least 250 km of real-world range. In the next stage, Tata Motors will transport the EVs to their designated location via inland transport. This will cover the loading, unloading, transit insurance and other incidental costs for Rs 21,000 per unit.

Although not specified, the EVs being procured seems to be base versions of the Tata Nexon EV as suggested by the stipulations of the deal. The Nexon EV's lithium-ion battery is of 30.2kWh capacity and feeds a permanent-magnet AC motor that puts 129PS and 245Nm through the front wheels. This allows for a brisk 0 to 100kmph time of 9.9s, the top speed is limited to 120kmph. The SUV will do over 312km on a full charge as per the ARAI, a real-world range of around 240km can be expected in the real world. Read our review of the Tata Nexon EV here. Prices for the Tata Nexon EV start from Rs 13.99 lakh for the XM variant. The EV has been the best-seeling of its kind in India with over 4,000 units sold since its launch in January 2020. 

Mahua Acharya, MD and CEO of CESL, said of this development, "More and more government entities in India are switching over to electric transport. Our association with Tata Motors is a good development for the future of mobility in India."

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 6.95 Lakhs
Displacement
1497cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
110
Max Torque(Nm)
260
Mileage
21.5 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 13.99 Lakhs
Displacement
-NA-
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
129
Max Torque(Nm)
245
Mileage
-NA-
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