The government has delayed its plans to introduce electric-vehicles on Indian roads by one more year, according to Bloomberg. The move could hamper long-term plans of the government to have one-third battery-driven vehicles on road by 2030. Also Read - After Nitish Kumar, Now Sushil Kumar Modi Drives in an Electric Car
Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), which is a joint venture of PSUs under the power ministry, earlier announced to procure 10,000 electric vehicles for government employees, after issuing the first tender in September last year and had plans to roll out 500 cars by November and the rest by June 2018. Saurabh Kumar, EESL managing director told Bloomberg, “State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd., which is responsible for procuring electric cars to replace the petrol and diesel vehicles used by government officials, will roll out the first 10,000 vehicles by March 2019.” Also Read - EESL raises long-term Rs 500 cr loan from PNB
“The need for building more charging points for 10,000 electric cars and states being slow in taking deliveries are the reasons for the delay,” Kumar said in a phone interview to Bloomberg. Also Read - 14 mn street lights to be replaced with energy efficient LED bulbs by June 2019
In the tender floated by EESL floated in August last year, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra emerged as the lowest bidders. Tata Motors gave the figure of Rs 11.2 lakh, which was matched by Mahindra.
The electric car market is at a very nascent stage in India. According to the report, there are around 150 cars in New Delhi while there are around 100 in Andhra Pradesh and other states.
Kumar said. Of the about 200 charging stations built for these cars, over 100 are in Delhi.