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Tata's Nexon And Punch Make History As India's First 5-Star Rated Electric Vehicles

Swarajya Staff

Jun 13, 2024, 04:04 PM | Updated 04:04 PM IST

Nexon and Punch. (Representative image)
Nexon and Punch. (Representative image)

Tata Motors has made history with its Punch and Nexon, which have become India's first electric vehicles to achieve 5-star certification from Bharat-NCAP.

The Punch.ev set a remarkable milestone by achieving the highest scores ever recorded to date: 31.46/32 for adult occupant protection (AOP) and 45/49 points for child occupant protection (COP).

Similarly, the Nexon.ev scored impressively with 29.86/32 for AOP and 44.95/49 for COP.

Crash Test of Punch.ev
Crash Test of Punch.ev

With this, Tata Motors is now the only original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with the safest range of SUV portfolio scoring 5-stars across Bharat-NCAP and Global-NCAP tests.

Launched in August 2023, the Bharat-NCAP is an indigenous star-rating system for crash testing cars under which vehicles are assigned between one to five stars indicating their safety in a collision.

Modelled on the lines of the Global-NCAP, the programme aims to assist consumers in making informed decisions before purchasing a car, thereby spurring demand for safer cars.

The Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) is a major programme of the Towards Zero Foundation, a UK-based charity working internationally in support of the new UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal of halving road deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

The BNCAP rating evaluates and rates vehicles after evaluating them on three parameters — adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, and safety assist technologies present in the car.

"Congratulations to @tataev, @TataMotors for achieving a 5-star Bharat NCAP rating for the Punch.ev and Nexon.ev, thus becoming the first ever 5-star rated EVs in the Indian automotive market, " Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India posted on X (formerly twitter).

Since its launch, the Punch has captured the attention of EV enthusiasts and first-time buyers, particularly in rural markets where it holds a significant appeal. Meanwhile, the Nexon, a pivotal player in India's EV revolution, has sold over 68,000 units since 2020 and continues to lead with its updated version introduced in 2023, marking a substantial advancement for the Indian auto industry.


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