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TATA Motors get EESL order for electric vehicles

Transition  to electric mobility in India has earnestly  begun with first lot of 500 electric vehicles(EVs)  to be supplied by TATA Motors  after winning the tender, claimed to be the world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement, floated by State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).

Tata Motors will supply the electric vehicles (EVs) in two phases with 500 e-cars in the first phase in November 2017 and the remaining 9,500 EVs in the second phase, “The company (Tata Motors) was selected through an international competitive bidding aimed at increased participation,”EESL said in a statement.  Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan had also participated in the tender and bids for Tata Motors and M&M were opened, it added.

EESL said Tata Motors quoted the lowest price of Rs 10.16 lakh exclusive of GST in the competitive bidding. The vehicle will be provided for Rs 11.2 lakh, which will be
inclusive of GST and comprehensive 5 year warranty which is 25 percent below the current retail price of a similar e-car with 3 year warranty.

EESL comes under Ministry of Power and in addition to aggregating the EV demands from government customers, it will oversee procurement, coordination between appointed agencies, monitoring  &supervision, reporting, complaint redressal and payments.

Citing a Niti Aayog report, EESL said making India’s passenger mobility shared, electric, and connected can cut the country’s energy demand by 64 percent and carbon emissions by 37 percent in 2030.
“This would result in a reduction of 156 Mtoe (million tonne oil equivalent) in diesel and petrol consumption for that year & at USD 52/bbl of crude, this would imply a net savings of roughly Rs 3.9 lakh crore in 2030,” the company
said.

Understandably, there are some apprehensions regarding preparedness of the government departments to switch over to electric vehicles considering the troubles and issues which have been still dogging the  implementation of  much desired vehicle tracking systems(VTS) in public transport and other segments, a rather simpler and less demanding technology intervention.  Though official figures are not available on the status of  implementation, serviceability state,  RoI and  other aspects related to VTS in State Road Transport Undertakings(SRTUs) but, score seems to be on lower side. Recent news in media had reported that the GPS initiative of DTC failed  and Delhi government was all set to terminate the contract and demand a refund from DIMTS(earlier reported by HT), the agency which had been contracted for equipping DTC buses with vehicle Tracking System. The project had cost about 35 Cr to Delhi Government.

In a somewhat an approach similar to  EESL role towards electric mobility, SRTUs are assisted by Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) which brings together all the State Road Transport Undertakings on a common platform with the aim of pooling their resources and know how for dealing with various problems faced by them and help them to improve their performance.  ASRTU is an apex coordinating body working under the aegis of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Govt. of India. its vision includes ” to ensure a world class passenger road transport system” in India.

Interestingly Toyota Motors while claiming to be in possession of technology for electric vehicles and willingness to bring its Electric vehicles to Indian market had not participated in the tender ostensibly due to the concerns on state of preparedness of charging infrastructure in the country.

On  similar lines MG Motor India president and managing director Rajeev Chaba, in response to their plans on EVs in India told PTI “On electric vehicles, I just want to say one thing that we will wait for more clarity, policy and regulation to come,”

“Speaking about capability and intention… MG and SAIC are more than capable to launch any kind of electric vehicle anywhere in the world, including India,” Chaba said.
“It is just not the electric vehicle. It is the whole ecosystem and infrastructural details, which the government has to come out with clearly,” Chaba added. He clarified that the first lot of products that the company plans to introduce from 2019 is not going to feature electric powertrains.

British automotive marque Morris Garages, which is in the process of establishing full scale operations in India, will wait for policy clarity on electric vehicles (EVs) before finalizing plans for the segment in the country, according to a top company official.
MG Motor India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s largest automaker SAIC Motor Corp. that owns the brand British automotive marque Morris Garages, now owns General Motor’s Halol plant in Gujarat which will be refurbished with an estimated cost upwards of INR 2,000 crore and will have an initial installed capacity of 85,000 units.

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