Tata Motors will be supplying 10,000 electric cars to the government of India. The company won the contract by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) by outbidding Mahindra and Mahindra. Tata Motors quoted the lowest price of Rs10.16 lakh exclusive of GST (goods and services tax) in the competitive bidding. The cars will be procured in two phases– first 500 in November 2017 and the remaining 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase, for which the dates have not been declared.
The government of India is working on an ambitious plan to shift to 100% electric fleet by 2030 to encourage this the government plans to first replace the petrol and diesel cars used by government and its agencies over a three to four-year period. The total number of vehicles used by the government and its agencies is estimated to be around half a million so it can be inferred that this only the starting point of EESL’s EV procurement programme.
Welcoming the initiative of EESL, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors said, “Tata Motors is extremely proud to partner with the Government of India in its journey to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles and to build a sustainable India. Tata Motors has been collaboratively working to develop electric powertrain technology for its selected products. EESL tender provided us the opportunity to participate in boosting e-mobility in the country, at the same time accelerate our efforts to offer full range of electric vehicles to the Indian consumers.”