Starting November, Tata Motors will supply e-cars to all government departments

Andrew Cummings
October 3, 2017

Tata Motors has won the bid by quoting Rs 10.16 lakh, excluding GST, beating Mahindra & Mahindra and Nissan as participants. When asked why Nissan's bid was not opened, Kumar said: "It did not qualify for the technical bid or request for qualification (RFQ)".

State-owned energy efficiency services limited (ESSL) will procure 10,000 cars from Tata Motors, with the first batch hitting roads later this year, the company said in a statement.

Tata Motors quoted the lowest price for the vehicles which will be supplied at Rs 11.2 lakh each inclusive of the goods and services tax and a five-year warranty.

According to a Business Standard report, the first phase will see the delivery of 500 electric cars over a three-month period.

"Each phase has three variants-base, mid and high".

On 26 September, Mint reported that EESL had revised its tender for 10,000 EVs, doing away with a requirement that these cars have to be sedans. It is also said that the number of vehicles could be increased by up to 5 lakh.

The global competitive tendering process was finalised on Friday and the electric vehicles will be procured in two phases. As to when these vehicles will be available for purchase by the public has not been announced, however.

"What we are offering is very simple: whatever you are paying for a petrol or diesel vehicle, phase it out over a five- to six-year period, and we will give you an electric auto with a driver".

While specs of the Tata Tigor EV have not been released, the Tiago EV concept was recently showcased at Low Carbon Vehicle at Milbrook earlier this year running an 85kW electric motor which produces 200Nm.

Most foreign vehicle majors are not ready to bring their electric offerings to India.

Experts said the EESL tender demonstrated the government's strong intent to push EV mobility.

Welcoming the EESL initiative, 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".

"It is going to create a big disruption in the ecosystem of vehicles that run on internal combustion engines and impact several jobs", he added.

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