The Delhi government has made a surprising decision and excluded the electric car Tata Nexon from its EV policy scheme. The Delhi government said that the company has not been able to complete the distance it claimed to cover in a charge in its advertisement.
Due to this, the Delhi government has decided to withdraw its subsidy. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot announced on Monday that two customers have complained about the company’s range. The Delhi government was providing a subsidy of Rs 1.50 lakh on electric vehicles.
Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot tweeted, “The Delhi government has decided to suspend subsidy on an EV car model, pending the final report of a committee, due to complaints by multiple users of sub-standard range performance. We are committed to support EVs, but not at the cost of trust and confidence of citizens in claims by manufacturers.”
”Given the aforesaid view, coupled with the need to avoid/prevent any further adverse fall out on the EV policy itself and its salient and fundamental objectives, as well as in the public interest, it is necessary/imperative to suspend the listing of the subject EV, i.e., Tata Nexon EV, as an eligible EV from the list of eligible models availing subsidy under the Delhi EV policy. The EV, Tata Nexon, will not be eligible for EV subsidy till the committee submits its report and decision is taken accordingly,” the government order read.
In February 2021, Tata Motors was issued a show-cause notice by the Transport Department on a customer complaint. The owner of the Nexon EV claimed that the company could not run more than 200 kilometers in a charge. While the company claimed 312 kilometers with the ARAI certificate.
Reacting to the development, a Tata Motors 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. Nexon EV is the only personal segment EV available in the market today that meets the stringent FAME norms.”
The range at a single full charge (312 km) for the Nexon EV is on the basis of the certification received from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), which is the official body that independently tests all mass-produced vehicles under standard or defined test conditions before they can be offered to the customers.