EV plans are getting a mega charge from the government which plans to bulk buy electric buses, e-cars and SUVs and e-three wheelers in the next two years to drive up EV usage in India.
According to Mahua Acharya, MD&CEO, Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL), the mandate is to buy as many as 3400 e-buses, around 1,200 e-cars and SUVs and around 100,000 e-three wheelers over the next 12-18 months using bulk purchases, Fame 2 and state subsidies in order to get a better price.
CESL will offer clubbed tenders and bulk orders to enable OEMs like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, M&M, Piaggio and others to scale up their EV production. This would also help increase EV penetration in India, she added.
The tenders, said Acharya, focus on three types of vehicles. For the fleet used in various government departments including city police, there is already “a demand of 1,200 vehicles in the last couple of months,” she said.
That includes bulk orders like 226 vehicles for the Kolkata police and another 700 odd vehicles from the Kerala government and Coal India. CESL is working with “vehicle leasing companies” to process these orders.