State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited has called for the global tender to supply 10,000 electric vehicles under National E-Mobility Scheme. The electric vehicles will be supplied to several state governments and Union ministries. The government plans to bring down the cost of the electric vehicles by mass procurement with the economic formula of scale and scope.
In 2017, Tata Motors and Mahindra had bagged the tender to supply around 9500 electric vehicles. Anand Mahindra congratulated Tata on Twitter and declared to match the prices of E-Verito to the Tata Motors bid. As per the tender, Tata Motors will supply approx 9500 Tata Tigor EV edition to the EESL at the unit price of Rs 10.5 lakhs. These electric vehicles will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles.
EESL will issue a new tender very soon for 10,000 more e-vehicles to cater to the growing demand. With these 20,000 electric cars, India is expected to save over 5 crore litres of fuel every year leading to a reduction of over 5.6 lakh tonnes of annual CO2 emission.
The Minister of Power, Mr RK Singh congratulated EESL for its new tender of 10,000 e-vehicles and said that it makes sense from point of view of environment and economy both. The per kilometer cost for an electric car is just 85 paisa against Rs 6.5 for normal cars and these would also help us achieve autonomy from expensive petroleum imports, he added.
The Tata Tigor EVs are made at Sanand Plant in Gujarat. At the launch, the minister invited companies to invest in India for manufacturing of electric vehicles and batteries. The Government is focusing on creating charging infrastructure and policy framework so that by 2030 more than 30 per cent of vehicles are electricity vehicles. During the programme, it was also highlighted that there would be no need for license for establishing the charging infrastructure in country and the tariff for this would be less than Rs 6.
Government think-tank NITI Aayog is preparing the draft for electric vehicle policy. Fast charging technology is key to the success of EVs. All we can say, The Future is Near…