With the first phase of the electric vehicles tender slated for November, the Government of India has reportedly invited snap bids for EV chargers to ensure adequate charging infrastructure for 500 electric sedans that the government will procure next month. The bid is scheduled to take place today. This comes at a time when the Telangana government has created a draft policy on electric vehicles, just over a month after Karnataka became the first Indian state to roll out the Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy 2017.
As part of the snap bid, the government is looking to procure 300 electric vehicle chargers by November 20. Commenting on the development, Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director at Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), stated, “Snap bid for EV chargers initiated for faster launch of charging stations for first EV batch expected by mid-November.”
So far, 14 companies, including ABB, Siemens, BHEL and Delta Power Solution India, have submitted their bids on electric vehicle charging stations. Before the tender is finalised, all providers will have to get their chargers tested at IIT Madras.
An official close to the development stated, “The technical qualification was that they will have to get their chargers tested at IIT Madras. Only when the testing is complete, the price bid will be open. The financial bid will open for only those who pass the test at IIT Madras. Cars will start coming in November. If the testing at IIT Madras is taking time, snap bid is the only way to ensure there is charging infrastructure available by the middle of next month.”
According to sources, two companies have already got the technical testing done.
The cost of setting up a rapid-charging outlet, he added, is around $38,245 (INR 25 Lakh), while that of a slow charging station will be around $1,529 (INR 1 Lakh). At this price, building an extensive network of charging stations across Delhi would require an investment of more than $504.7 Mn (INR 3,300 Cr) over the course of five years.