EESL puts second tender to acquire 10,000 EVs on hold
Government organisation Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has put on hold its second tender to procure 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from Indian car manufacturers. EESL had floated this tender in April 2018, which was secured by Tata Motors and Mahindra. Tata Motors has already delivered 350 units of the Tata Tigor EV, while Mahindra has delivered 150 e-Verito EVs under the tender. The reason for putting it on hold is that the government's clarifications on correct specifications for the EVs and charging standard are still awaited.
These changes could open up the tender to other manufacturers including luxury car makers. Meanwhile, the government had also recently reported that the Tigor EV and e-Verito did not have enough range, returning about 80 to 82km per charge. This was due to the fact that the battery packs in these cars were 17Kw, as opposed to the global average between 27 to 25Kw.
Tata Motors has since clarified that these specifications were stated before EESL prior to the tender being awarded and that the maximum range of these battery packs would be between 100 and 120km per charge. This, however, does not affect the first tender which Tata Motors had secured in August 2017. Under this, Tata is to supply 10,000 EVs to EESL by March 2019.
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