New Delhi [India], Sept 30 (ANI): In a bid to strengthen the Electric Vehicles (EV) drive in India, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI), will procure 10,000 electric vehicles from Tata Motors Limited.
Tata Motors, who won the tender through an international competitive bid will now supply the EVs in two phases - first 500 e-cars will be supplied to EESL in November 2017 and the rest 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase.
The tender floated by EESL is the world's largest single electric vehicle procurement. Three leading manufacturers - Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan participated in the tender and the bids for TATA Motors Limited and Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) were opened.
EESL is driven by the objective of facilitating faster adoption of disruptive technology solutions while balancing economic development and environmental sustainability. With this specific initiative EESL seeks to create the market for electric vehicles, a technology which is poised to boost e-mobility in the country; through its unique business model of aggregation of demand and bulk procurement.
The vehicle will be provided to EESL for Rs. 11.2 Lakh, which will be inclusive of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and comprehensive five year warranty, which is 25percent below the current retail price of a similar e-car with three year warranty.
EESL's EV programme is a comprehensive solution to facilitate adoption of the disruptive technology in the country. Along with procurement of 10,000 EVs through international competitive bidding, EESL will also identify a service provider agency. This agency, also appointed through competitive bidding, will carry out end-to-end fleet management of the procured vehicles for the concerned government customer.
Apart from continuing to aggregate demand, EESL will also be responsible such as co-ordination between appointed agencies, monitoring and supervision, reporting, complaint redressal and payments. These cars will be used to replace the petrol and diesel cars used by Government and its agencies over a three to four year period. The total number of vehicles used by the Government and its agencies is estimated to be five lakhs.
As per the report published in May 2017 by NITI Aayog, making India's passenger mobility shared, electric, and connected can cut its energy demand by 64 percent and carbon emissions by 37 percent in 2030. This would result in a reduction of 156 Mtoe in diesel and petrol consumption for that year and at USD 52/bbl of crude, this would imply a net savings of roughly Rs 3.9 lakh crore in 2030.
The shift to EVs through this programme will reduce dependence on oil imports and promote power capacity addition in India thereby enhancing energy security of the country and will also lead to reduction in GHG emissions from the transport sector. (ANI)