The Indian Air Force recently introduced a fleet of Tata’s highly popular electric SUV, the Nexon EV, to begin the electrification journey of Indian defence vehicles. The addition of Tata Nexon EVs to the IAF fleet aims to advance the use of EVs in defence. The Indian government intends to implement green mobility in all branches of the Indian armed forces. According to a recent press release from the Ministry of Defence, the first batch of electric vehicles has been placed in Delhi NCR units for performance evaluation and monitoring.
The first batch of twelve Tata Nexon EVs were flagged off at the Air Force headquarters, with Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhuri in attendance. The Ministry of Defence stated in a press release that they are focusing on improving the ecosystem for electric vehicles as well as using them. As part of this, charging infrastructure has been installed at various Air Force bases.
Indian Air Force Tata Nexon EV Cars
The ministry stated, “The Indian Air Force intends to gradually increase its use of electric vehicles by procuring e-vehicles in place of degraded conventional vehicles.” “Also planned is the expansion of the e-vehicle ecosystem, including the installation of charging infrastructure at various Air Force bases.” “To create a standardised inventory of vehicles, IAF has already joined hands with Indian Army in the ongoing procurement of Electric Buses and Electric Cars,” it went on to say. These proactive measures reaffirm the IAF’s commitment to the National goal of transitioning to environmentally friendly mobility.”
The Indian Army also announced earlier this month that it is planning to buy electric cars, motorcycles, and buses, and that a pilot project to convert a portion of its fleet to electric vehicles has already begun. The Indian Army hopes that its electric vehicle project will reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, reduce its carbon footprint, and lower the cost of maintaining its fleet of vehicles. Along with New Delhi, where the Indian Army has already begun the transition to electric vehicles, Pune, Kolkata, and Lucknow will follow suit.
The army is putting in place the infrastructure needed to support the use of electric vehicles by both combat and non-combat personnel. These electric vehicles will only be used in peaceful areas. In other words, the Indian Army plans to use internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in border areas while only using electric vehicles in non-combat zones. This is because obtaining electricity in many of the border regions where the Indian Army operates is difficult, with temperatures ranging from below zero to more than 50 degrees Celsius.