Energy Efficiency Service Ltd (EESL), a state-run firm has invited bids to purchase 10,000 electric cars and 4,000 chargers for coal, mines, power, and new and renewable energy ministries. The firm will also rent the cars to other departments.
The bid for electric cars is open for those cars that can run 150km on a full charge. The bid also includes the warranty for those vehicles to be procured, under the FAME scheme.
As per the bid, 3,000 regular chargers and 1,000 quick chargers that are compatible with Bharat AC-001 and DC-001 specifications would be bought. The tender is part of the government's plan to promote electric vehicles in India.
Saurabh Kumar, the Managing Director of EESL, said, "We are looking for four-door sedans, which will run 120-150 km on a single charge. The 1,000 vehicles acquired in the first phase will be exclusively for use by government departments in Delhi and the National Capital Region."
The government has planned to promote electric cars in India in a big way, and the Energy Minister wants all vehicles sold in India by 2030 to be EVs only. Although Mahindra sells electric vehicles and Tata is developing EVs, they have never caught on in the Indian market.
The move to procure electric vehicles for the government is a step towards achieving the goal and also for a cleaner tomorrow.