State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has invited a bid for 2,000 electric vehicle chargers for the second phase of its EV programme, which will see the rollout of 9,500 electric vehicles across different states.
“We have invited the bid for 2,000 electric vehicle chargers. We will need more chargers, of course, but we want to do it in phases,” Saurabh Kumar, managing director at EESL, told ET.
EESL, which is a joint venture of PSUs under the power ministry, had floated a global tender for 10,000 electric vehicles to replace the government fleet. The tender was split in two parts, where 500 vehicles were to be procured in phase one, while the remaining would be procured in the second phase.
The roll out of the first 500 cars has already begun in Delhi, and the second phase will see 9,500 electric cars being leased to government authorities on a pan-India basis.
While the previously announced tender for 4,000 electric chargers was scrapped by EESL, they floated a pilot tender of about a 100 chargers for the first phase and the results have been satisfactory, Kumar said, adding, “Now, we have tested these (chargers) and everything is in place. Therefore we now feel that these specifications can work on the ground.” Read More…