Following a writ petition by Tata Motors, Delhi High Court has granted interim relief to the Indian automaker by directing a stay against the delisting of Nexon EV from Delhi Government’s eligible list of vehicles. The High Court has granted time to the Delhi Government to file counter affidavit in the matter. Tata Motors moved to Delhi High Court after the AAP-Led government in the national capital of India decided to suspend additional subsidy given under its Delhi EV Policy to Tata Nexon EV XZ+ electric SUV.
The move came after an owner of Tata Nexon EV complained to the govt about the mileage issues. Kailash Gahlot, Delhi Transport Minister took on to Twitter to announce the delisting of the car after receiving complaints from an owner of the said model. The owner, in his complaint, said that despite the company claiming a mileage of 312 km on a single charge, he barely got more than 200 km.
The complainant said he also went to Tata dealerships multiple times to get the issue resolved but to no avail. He finally resorted to sending a complaint to Delhi govt as he bought the vehicle under the EV policy of the Delhi government. The Delhi government had also issued a showcause notice to Tata Motors and sought its reply in the matter.
Tata Motors had submitted its reply on the matter and said that the aforementioned mileage of 312 km is basis on ARAI testing, the nodal agency that is responsible to vehicle testing ahead of launches. Tata also said that like other vehicles, where mileage is affected by driving style, roads, usage of AC among other things, Nexon EV will also deliver mileage less than the claimed number, or sometimes, more than the claimed number.