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Indian Government’s Focus On EVs On The Rise

Published On Sep 04, 2020 11:07 AM By Rohit for Hyundai Kona

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It has ordered 100 and 150 units of the Hyundai Kona Electric and Tata Nexon EV respectively

  • The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

  • It had previously procured 10 units of the Hyundai EV in 2019.

  • It has now ordered 100 more units of the Kona Electric, which will come with a 3-year warranty package.

  • The EESL will procure the top-spec Kona Premium Dual Tone variant at Rs 21.36 lakh, 11 percent lower than its actual ex-showroom price.

  • Tata, on the other hand, will supply 150 units of the Nexon EV to the EESL.

  • The mid-spec XZ+ variant of the Nexon EV will be delivered to the government at a lower price of Rs 14.86 lakh. The same variant costs Rs 14.99 lakh for private buyers. 

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided the necessary funds amounting to 5 million required for the procurement of the EVs.

All prices, ex-showroom

Here’s the full press release:

EESL to procure 250 Electric Vehicles from TATA Motors Limited & Hyundai Motor India Ltd

 Tata Motors Limited to supply 150 Nexon XZ+ electric compact SUVs & Hyundai Motor India Ltd.  to supply 100 units of its Kona electric Premium SUVs

EESL presented the letter of award for the tender to Tata Motors Ltd & Hyundai Motor India Ltd.

September 3 2020, New Delhi: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, will procure 250 electric vehicles from Tata Motors and Hyundai Motor India. The companies were selected through an international competitive bidding process, which was aimed at increased participation. Tata Motors Limited and Hyundai Motor India Limited won the tender and now will supply 150 Nexon electric compact SUVs & 100 Kona electric premium SUVs respectively for government use. The letter of award for the procurement was presented to the two companies, in the presence of Mr. Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors and Mr. Tarun Garg, Director – Sales, Marketing & Service, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.

This procurement will utilize 5 Million from the recent grant provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL has received financing from ADB towards the cost of scaling up and financing high priority areas like Demand Side Energy Efficiency Sector Projects.

Mr. 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 been partnering with 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 popularise their access and use across India”

Mr. 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 reduction in GHG emissions from the transport sector. Furthermore, we’re also working on rapid establishment of EV charging stations, which will give a fillip to the electric vehicle sales, going forward”

Mr. 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 Indian market contributing towards the cleaner and greener environment”

EESL is driven by the objective of facilitating faster adoption of disruptive technology solutions, while balancing economic development and environmental sustainability. With this specific initiative, EESL seeks to create the market for electric vehicles, through its unique business model of aggregation of demand and bulk procurement. EESL is seeking to leverage the immense potential of replacement of existing vehicles in the government departments for initial demand aggregation.

EESL will procure Tata Nexon at INR 14.86 lakh each, INR 13,000 cheaper than its ex-showroom price of INR 14.99 lakh whereas, Hyundai Kona, which offers a higher range, will be procured at an 11% lower price band of INR 21.36 lakh and with a standard three-year warranty. These electric vehicles will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles of the Central and State Governments. EESL has already received an order for 300 Long Range EVs from The Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), Kerala to be supplied in the initial phase.

EESL plans to leverage efficiencies of scale and drive down costs through its innovative business model, while supporting local manufacturing facilities, gaining technical competencies for the long-term growth of the EV industry and enabling Indian EV manufacturers to emerge as major global players.

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