So far only 1,000 cars have been delivered. Due to lack of charging points for e-vehicles, the delivery deadline was first extended to March 2019.
State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has further extended the deadline to complete the distribution of the first lot of 10,000 electric cars ordered for government use to September 2019.
This is the second time the deadline has been postponed and till date only 10 percent of the order has been delivered, according to a report by ET.
In August 2017, EESL floated a global tender for the procurement of electric sedans for leasing them to government offices. Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra bagged the order, the delivery of which was expected to be completed by June 2018.
However, due to lack of charging points for e-vehicles, the delivery deadline was first extended to March 2019.
Saurabh Kumar, managing director at EESL, told ET that they had to delay the complete rollout to September 2019 again as some states are still in the process of finalising their EV policies, and because of which the registration of vehicles has not started.
Electrification of cars for government use
EESL, a joint venture of four power public sector units, is spearheading electrification of the 5-lakh odd cars used by the government for official use.
The company had in July 2018 said that it is earning a 14 per cent post tax return on the equity investment made in the business and there is no adverse feedback from any user of e-cars in the national capital region (NCR).
Most of the users of the cars in the NCR are in the rank of joint secretary or above in the government, it said.
Tata Motors had won the tender with a winning bid of Rs 11.2 lakh for its electric Tata Tigor, a price that was later matched by Mahindra & Mahindra for its e-Verito in the first phase of procuring 500 vehicles.