Earlier, we reported that Indian Government is planning to stop the sales of all petrol and diesel cars in the country by 2030 and only allow the sales of electric cars. Now, as per the media reports, State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has invited global bids for 10,000 electric sedans that will run up to 150 km on a single charge, in order to replace the existing cars in its fleet with electric vehicles.
The EESL has planned to buy the electric vehicles in two phases wherein in the first phase it plans to acquire 1,000 electric sedans in the first phase. These cars will be used by government departments in Delhi-NCR. Currently, Mahindra is the only brand to have an all-electric sedan on sale in India, the eVerito. EESL has also floated tenders for setting up a charging infrastructure and plans to install 3,000 alternating current (AC) charging points and another 1,000 direct current (DC) charging stations. Electric car has been incentivised under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, which has been in operation since April 2015.
Speaking on this, Saurabh Kumar, the EESL managing director, said, “We are looking for four-door sedans, which will run 120-150 km on a single charge. The 1,000 vehicles acquired in the first phase will be exclusively for use by government departments in Delhi and the National Capital Region. Similarly, 400 chargers will be provided in the first phase at different locations in Delhi-NCR. They will be deployed by NTPC and PowerGrid depending on the demand.”
Tenders have also been floated for setting up a charging infrastructure in the area in which these cars will mostly operate. The plan is to install 3,000 alternating current (AC) charging points and another 1,000 direct current (DC) charging stations. Additionally, 400 chargers are expected to be provided by NTPC and PowerGrid at different locations in Delhi-NCR.
Under the recent GST framework, electric cars, 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers attract 12 percent tax, while the petrol and diesel vehicles attract 28 percent tax, while luxury and hybrid cars also attract an additional cess.