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 roll out of 9,500 electric vehicles across different states. 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.
Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat have come up most strongly with their interest in being apart of the EV programme, and EESL is already identifying locations where the charging infrastructure can be installed in these states. The tender process for the chargers is expected to be completed in about four to five weeks and the letters of award will be given out by then.