Tata Mo­tors wins ₹1,120-cr govt or­der for 10,000 e-cars

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NATION - Ut­pal Bhaskar and Shally Seth Mo­hile let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Tata Mo­tors Ltd has won a mar­quee gov­ern­ment con­tract for sup­ply­ing 10,000 elec­tric cars, out­bid­ding Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra Ltd in the con­test for the ₹1,120 crore or­der, the largest such pro­cure­ment any­where in the world.

The ve­hi­cles will be pro­cured by state-owned En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Ser­vices Ltd (EESL) at a per-unit price of Rs11.2 lakh and will lay the foun­da­tion for the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tious plan for a mass shift to elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVs) by 2030.

“Tata Mo­tors Limited quoted the low­est price of ₹10.16 lakh ex­clu­sive of GST (goods and ser­vices tax) in the com­pet­i­tive bid­ding. The ve­hi­cle will be pro­vided to EESL for Rs11.2 lakh which will be in­clu­sive of GST and com­pre­hen­sive 5-year war­ranty which is 25% be­low the cur­rent re­tail price of a sim­i­lar e-car with 3-year war­ranty,” the gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment.

These e-cars will be pro­cured in two phases; 500 will be sup­plied in Novem­ber 2017 and the re­main­ing 9,500 cars in the sec­ond phase.

“Three com­pa­nies had sent their bids yes­ter­day. Nis­san (Mo­tor Co. Ltd) could not qual­ify for the bid as they could not in­di­cate what prod­uct they are go­ing to of­fer,” said Sau­rabh Ku­mar, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of EESL.

“Tata Mo­tors has been col­lab­o­ra­tively work­ing to de­velop elec­tric pow­er­train tech­nol­ogy for its se­lected prod­ucts. EESL ten­der pro­vided us the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in boost­ing e-mo­bil­ity in the coun­try, at the same time ac­cel­er­ate our ef­forts to of­fer a full range of elec­tric ve­hi­cles to the In­dian con­sumers,” Guenter Butschek, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Tata Mo­tors, said in a state­ment.

Mint re­ported about the EV leas­ing plan by the gov­ern­ment, its agen­cies and state-owned firms on 15 April.

Tata Mo­tors will be sup­ply­ing the elec­tric vari­ant of the Tigor com­pact sedan as part of the con­tract, said a Tata Mo­tors ex­ec­u­tive, re­quest­ing anonymity. “Each phase has three vari­ants -base, mid and high. Tata Mo­tors was the low­est bid­der for all the three,” the ex­ec­u­tive added.

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