Tata & Hyundai acquired EESL’s order for electric passenger vehicles
The Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor have bagged an order in a tender to supply 250 electric passenger vehicles to the government floated by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).
The Tata Motors will supply 150 Nexon electric compact SUVs while Hyundai will supply 100 units of its Kona electric SUVs out of the total procurement. This move is a part of the state-owned government transport provider to acquire 1,000 electric vehicles from automobile manufacturers.
Saurabh Kumar, managing director of EESL has said that 750 vehicles of the tender are the e-taxis which has been kept on hold. “The e-taxi operators were wary of any fresh investments at this time, so we will let the tender lapse and wait till demand revives for e-taxis,” he said.
EESL had issued an EV tender in 2017 for 10,000 vehicles which were won by Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra which was later dropped.
EESL in a new contract called for quotes for two different categories of EVs such as 750 electric cars with 3 years of warranty and comprehensive annual maintenance costs (AMC) for 3 years and 250 cars with a standard six-year warranty and comprehensive AMC for 6 years.
As per the new deal, EESL will procure Tata Nexon at Rs 14.85 lakh each which means Rs 14,000 cheaper than its ex-showroom price of Rs 14.99 lakh. The Kona will be procured at an 11% lower price band of Rs 21.1 lakh.
To promote electric vehicles (EVs) and install public EV charging stations and related infrastructure the EESL has signed an agreement with Noida Authority. This partnership will also deal with the creation of an infrastructural ecosystem to increase the e-mobility in India. As per the agreement the EESL will make an investment on services to the agreement along with the operation and maintenance of public charging infrastructure by qualified manpower.
Noida city will get public charging stations by its selected company, EESL, till now it has installed 20 EV chargers, 13 of which are commissioned and 7 are under commissioning.
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