New Delhi: State-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, will procure 250 electric vehicles from Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor India. The companies were selected through an international competitive bidding process, which was aimed at increased participation. Tata Motors Limited and Hyundai Motor India Limited won the tender and now will supply 150 Nexon electric compact SUVs and 100 Kona electric premium SUVs, respectively, for government use.
The letter of award for the procurement was presented to the two companies, in the presence of Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors and Tarun Garg, Director Sales, Marketing & Service, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.
Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, EESL said, "A shift to EVs, facilitated by our e-mobility programme will reduce dependence on oil imports and promote power capacity addition in India. This will greatly enhance the energy security of the country and will also lead to reduction in GHG emissions from the transport sector. Furthermore, we're also working on rapid establishment of EV charging stations, which will give a fillip to the electric vehicle sales, going forward."
This procurement will utilise $5 million from the recent grant provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL has received financing from ADB towards the cost of scaling up and financing high priority areas like Demand Side Energy Efficiency Sector Projects.
EESL will procure Tata Nexon at Rs 14.86 lakh each, Rs 13,000 cheaper than its ex-showroom price of Rs 14.99 lakh, whereas, Hyundai Kona, which offers a higher range, will be procured at an 11 percent lower than the price band of Rs 21.36 lakh and with a standard three-year warranty. These electric vehicles will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles of the Central and State Governments. EESL has already received an order for 300 Long Range EVs from The Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), Kerala, to be supplied in initial phase.
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