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Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has announced that it will procure a total of 250 electric vehicles from Tata Motors and Hyundai India in the country. Both companies will collective deliver 150 Tata Nexon EV and 100 Hyundai Kona EV to the Government.
The companies were selected through an international competitive bidding process, which was aimed at increased participation. Tata Motors Limited and Hyundai Motor India Limited won the tender.
The electric vehicle procurement is backed by the recent grant of Rs 5 Million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL has received financing from ADB to provide support for scaling up and high priority areas like Demand-Side Energy Efficiency Sector Projects.
Mr Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, "Electric mobility is gaining ground in the country and partnerships such as these are pivotal for building the requisite momentum. We have been partnering EESL and are pleased to provide more EVs to them for government use, enabling a smooth and sustainable transition to a future-oriented mobility solution. As the leader of the fast-growing EV segment, Tata Motors is committed to popularising their access and use across India."
Mr Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, EESL said, "A shift to EVs, facilitated by our e-mobility programme will reduce dependence on oil imports and promote power capacity addition in India. This will greatly enhance the energy security of the country and will also lead to a reduction in GHG emissions from the transport sector. Furthermore, we're also working on the rapid establishment of EV charging stations, which will give a fillip to the electric vehicle sales, going forward."
EESL will procure Tata Nexon at Rs 14.86 lakh each, which is Rs 13,000 cheaper than its ex-showroom price. While the Hyundai Kona EV, which offers a higher range, will be procured at an 11 per cent lower price band of Rs 21.36 lakh and with a standard three-year warranty.
Mr Seon Seob Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said, "Guided by our vision ‘Progress For Humanity', we have been developing eco-friendly and human-centric technologies that provide the best experience for our customers. As a caring and responsible brand, it is our privilege to align with the government's goal for clean energy and collaborate with all stakeholders to create a sustainable ecosystem for electric mobility. Hyundai will continue to bring world-class eco-friendly products and technologies for the Indian market contributing towards the cleaner and greener environment."
These electric vehicles will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles of the Central and State Governments. EESL has already received an order for 300 Long Range EVs from The Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), Kerala to be supplied in the initial phase.
Thoughts About EESL To Procure 250 Tata Nexon EV & Hyundai Kona EV SUVs For Government Use
EESL aims to promote the use of electric vehicles in the country while balancing economic development. The organization is looking to leverage the current market condition and replace existing gasoline-powered vehicles in the government departments. Additionally, the bulk procurement will also help in creating the initial demand for the brands in the market.