EESL to procure 10,000 electric cars for various ministries

State-run firm EESL has floated a tender for procuring 10,000 electric cars and 4,000 chargers for coal, mines, power and new & renewable energy ministries as well as for providing them on rent to other departments.

Energy Efficiency Service Ltd (EESL) has floated a tender for procurement of 10,000 electric cars including complete system warranty under the faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles in India (FAME) scheme of the ministry of new & renewable energy.

According to the tender, 3,000 AC (alternate current) or slow charger’s and 1,000 DC (Direct Current) fast charger’s compatible with Bharat AC-001 and DC-001 charger specification would be procured. The tender is part of the government’s plan to promote electric vehicles in the country in a big way.

In April, Power, Coal, Mine, New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal had said that India would sell only electric vehicles by 2030.

Earlier this month he had admitted however that it may take a little longer to replace existing petrol and diesel vehicles in the country.

“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 a futuristic vision for electric vehicles,” Goyal had said.

On hybrid cars, he had said, “It reduced 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 but otherwise that is not the future, the future is all electric cars.”