1000 Electric Vehicles to be procured by EESL India in 1st phase; total program target of 10,000 EVs – MD, EESL

India’s determination to switch to greener EVs gets a shot in the arm as Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL told ETEnergyworld the following yesterday, as the country was celebrating its Independence Day;

“At the moment, the plan is for replacing government vehicles with e-vehicles and it will be open to any government agency. We could begin the process by November. Each car is estimated to cost around Rs 12 lakh while a charger would cost around Rs 2 lakh each,”

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of the ministry of power, has floated a tender to procure 10,000 electric sedan cars along with 4,000 electric vehicle chargers in two phases (as the latest tweet from EESL MD clarifies) for replacing government vehicles.

The ministry of new and renewable energy will be the nodal agency for the procurement of electric vehicles under the government’s faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles in India (FAME) scheme.

The government has estimated an expenditure of around Rs. 1,200 crore for the electric vehicles and Rs. 80 crore for the chargers.

The tender, issued on Tuesday, seeks procurement of 3,000 AC (alternate current) or slow chargers and 1,000 DC (Direct Current) fast chargers compatible with Bharat AC-001 and DC-001 charger specifications.

Download: Charger Specs and Notes – India

Hybrid Vehicles Do Not Make the Grade – Its all electric or nothing!

“Only electric cars by 2030…existing cars may take a little longer to replace. But the government is working on a framework to see what we can do on promoting electric vehicle. Niti Aayog is currently tasked with preparing futuristic vision for electric vehicles,” Piyush Goyal, Power Minister, India, had earlier said.

On the hybrid cars scene, he had clarified, “It reduces fuel consumption a little bit but the future is all electric cars. I had also recommended to the finance minister that it is not advisable for an intermediate technology which reduces the fuel consumption by a little bit [and] that is not the future, the future is all electric cars.”

Talking about the hybrid cars lobby he said, “It is a campaign being run by those companies who don’t have electric vehicles. These companies have come to me also to convince not to oppose hybrid cars. The world is moving towards electric vehicles and the country would promote electric vehicles.”

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