The EESL has announced its decision to procure 250 units of EVs to replace existing government vehicles in various State and Central Government Departments. Tata has bagged an order for 150 units of the Nexon electric, while Hyundai has received an order for 100 units of the Kona EV under this initiative.
The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has announced that it will procure 250 additional units of electric cars in its attempt to facilitate faster adoption of EVs. With this move, EESL is looking to replace existing petrol and diesel government vehicles across various State and Central Government Departments with the newly procured EVs. Out of 250 units of electric cars that the EESL will buy, 150 units of them will be of the Tata Nexon EV, while 100 units will be of the Hyundai Kona Electric. The Nexon electric will be procured at Rs 14.86 lakh, which is Rs 13,000 lower than its sticker price of the mid-spec XZ+ variant of the car. While the Kona Electric will be procured at Rs 21.36 lakh, which is 11% lower than the standard ex-showroom price. The EESL has also received an order for 300 units of long-range EVs from the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) in Kerala, which will be supplied in a phased manner.
Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, EESL, said, 'A shift to EVs, facilitated by our e-mobility programme will reduce dependence on oil imports and promote power capacity addition in India. This will greatly enhance the energy security of the country and will also lead to the reduction of GHG emissions from the transport sector. Furthermore, we’re also working on the rapid establishment of EV charging stations, which will give a fillip to the electric vehicle sales, going forward.'
Seon Seob Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said, 'Guided by our vision ‘Progress For Humanity’, we have been developing eco-friendly and human-centric technologies that provide the best experience for our customers. As a caring and responsible brand, it is our privilege to align with the government’s goal for clean energy and collaborate with all stakeholders to create a sustainable ecosystem for electric mobility. Hyundai will continue to bring world-class eco-friendly products and technologies for the Indian market, contributing towards the cleaner and greener environment.'
Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, 'Electric mobility is gaining ground in the country, and partnerships such as these are pivotal for building the requisite momentum. We have partnered EESL and are pleased to provide more EVs to them for government use, enabling a smooth and sustainable transition to a future-oriented mobility solution. As the leader of the fast-growing EV segment, Tata Motors is committed to popularising their access and use across India.”
The EESL is a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
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