The powerministry has offered to supply electric cars to central government departments, which can either lease or purchase them — a move that can raise demand for such vehicles by about 5 lakh. The proposed move will be a big boost for automobile majors such as Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, which have already bagged orders to supply e-vehicles. Foreign foreign firms such as Nissan and China’s BYD are also potential gainers.
Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), the nodal agency for the proposed schemes, has offered to provide new e-cars on lease to government departments, PSUs and agencies for six years. The company has also offered to procure cars for the ministries at a cost of ₹11.8 lakh per car inclusive of taxes.
Under the lease model, chauffer–driven e-cars will be supplied for eight hours per day, 26 days a month, to the ministries. Read More
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