The tender floated by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for the procurement of 2,000 Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers was bagged by four energy storage solutions companies, namely SBD Green Energy and Infra India, Exicom, BHEL, and Delta Power Solutions.
In March 2018, EESL announced it would procure 10,000 EVs in India’s second EV tender. These EVs are being procured under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME) India program.
Together, these four companies will supply 1,800 AC chargers of 3.3 kW and 200 DC Fast Chargers of 15 kW which will be deployed across various locations in the country. The chargers will be used to power TATA Tigor and Mahindra e-Verito cars procured by EESL.
Exicom will provide 1,080 AC chargers and SBD will supply 720 AC chargers for the tendered 1,800 AC chargers. Moreover, Exicom will also provide 100 of the 200 DC fast chargers tendered for EESL’s procurement program while Delta and BHEL will together supply another 100 DC chargers.
Satya Narayan Dalmia, the managing director of SBD, told Mercom, “E-mobility is strategically the most important and forward-galloping vision and decision of the government of India. For this, the government is taking remarkable steps like procurement of EVs, replacement of existing government vehicles, and creating infrastructure for EVs. Holistic view towards this will obviously pave the way toward success of e-mobility in India”.
Mercom had previously reported in April 2018, that Exicom emerged as the winner of the tender floated by EESL. However, the lowest (L1) bid was later matched by SBD Green Energy, BHEL and Delta, allowing these three companies to win part of the tender.
Mercom reported competition is heating up in India’s EV sector as the government is currently targeting the sale of 6-7 million new hybrid and electric vehicles by 2020 under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP). This initiative makes EVs the next big cleantech opportunity in India. A study by Niti Aayog and the Rocky Mountain Institute released in November highlighted the enormous potential of India’s EV market.