Tata Motors in Delhi HC over govt’s move to suspend EV subsidy

Tata Motors has moved Delhi High Court challenging the Delhi government’s decision to temporarily suspend subsidy on Nexon electronic vehicles, based on complaints about sub-standard range performance. In its plea, the company has claimed the government took the extreme step based on an isolated complaint by a disgruntled and unsatisfied consumer.

The EV is fitted with a 30.2 kWh battery pack with a claimed range of up to 312 kilometres against one full charge. But the government said it decided to suspend subsidy on an EV car model, pending the final report of a committee appointed by it, due to complaints by multiple users of substandard range performance.

Opposing the move Tata Motors said despite Tata Nexon EV having undergone rigorous testing and having cleared all the specifications of both the Centre and state government for being eligible for subsidy under the electric vehicle policy, the government of NCT of Delhi upon receiving a complaint from one purchaser, issued a show cause notice. Just like any other type of vehicle (diesel, petrol, CNG, etc.), the actual range (mileage) in electric vehicles is also dependent on a large number of other factors.

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