India Govt. to procure 10,000 E-Auto and E-Rickshaws

    Govt. of India is in the process of setting up a new Electric Mobility Mission that shall target for significant to 100% EV adoption by around 2030.

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    E Rickshaw - Pollution free battery operated rickshaw near India Gate area. Photo by K Asifa

    By Rusen Kumar

    NEW DELHI: Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture company of public sector undertakings (NTPC Ltd, POWERGRID, PFC Ltd and REC Ltd) under the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India will procure 10,000 high performance and quality e-Rickshaws and e-Autos (without batteries) from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and lease out to the Aggregators. EESL has invited global tender in this regard. August 14, 2017 was the last date for submission of the expression of interest (EOI). On August 21, 2017 EOI responses will be opening.

    EESL is supporting the new Electric Mobility Mission of India to scale-up Electric Vehicles (EVs) in country through bulk aggregating demands of EVs, procuring best quality products and services at lowest prices from the OEMs and leasing vehicles to the Aggregators (or the EV Operators). . EESL has already successfully implemented the flagship programmmes of Govt. of India namely UJALA and Street Light National Programme.

    The ‘Aggregator’ shall operate and manage the EVs fleet with maintenance support from the OEMs. The ‘Energy Business’, a separate third-party entity will host bulk charging and swapping facilities and provide charged batteries at a pay per use model.

    “The Aggregator shall give assurance of minimum procurement of 10,000 onwards for e-Autos and/or e-Rickshaws, during first year from EESL.” EESL said in its bid document.

    Under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, Government of India has an ambitious target to achieve 60-70 lakh sales of hybrid and electric vehicles by 2020. This month Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises – Babul Supriyo informed the Lok Sabha.

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