Government plans to get 1,000 electric cars for various ministries

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State-run firm EESL has floated a tender for procuring 10,000 electric cars and 4,000 chargers for coal, mines, power and new & renewable energy ministries as well as for providing them on rent to other departments.

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Energy Efficiency Service Ltd (EESL) has floated a tender for procurement of 10,000 electric cars including complete system warranty under the faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles in India (FAME) scheme of the ministry of new & renewable energy.

According to the tender, 3,000 AC (alternate current) or slow charger’s and 1,000 DC (Direct Current) fast charger’s compatible with Bharat AC-001 and DC-001 charger specification would be procured. The tender is part of the government’s plan to promote electric vehicles in the country in a big way.

EESL MD Saurabh Kumar informed media that the company will buy 1,000 four-door EVs that can run 120-150 kms on a single charge in the first phase spread over six months.

On the other hand talking about hybrid cars, New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal has said that it reduced fuel consumption a little bit but the future is all electric cars. He further mentioned that he has also recommended to the finance minister that it is not advisable for an intermediate technology which reduces the fuel consumption by a little bit but otherwise that is not the future, the future is all electric cars.

By Baishakhi Dutta

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