Minister of Energy RK Singh
On Thursday, March 24, Union Energy Minister RK Singh informed Parliament that the Ministry of Energy had requested all Central Ministries and State Governments to join the initiative on transformative electric mobility and advising their respective departments to move their fleet of official vehicles. from current internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EV).
In a written response to a question to Lok Sabha, Singh also informed that Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), through its wholly owned subsidiary CESL (Convergence Energy Services Limited), had undertaken consultations with the State Transport Utilities (STU), State Governments, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), NITI Aayog, etc. to aggregate demand for 5,450 buses to be deployed based on operating expenditure (OPEX) in nine major cities of India (having a population of over 4 million).
The CESL launched on January 20 a unified call for tenders for the aggregation of e-buses, it noted.
Regarding electric three-wheelers (E3W), CESL has issued a tender to aggregate the demand for one lakh E3W under the modified phase II program for faster adoption and manufacture of vehicles (hybrid and) electrical (FAME).
E3W’s aggregation led to a price reduction of up to 22% compared to the retail segment, he said.
The Minister added that EESL through CESL has received an aggregate request for 930 numbers of electric 4-wheelers (e4W) from various government departments at central and state level.
In addition, 25,000 electric two-wheelers have been bundled for Andhra Pradesh government employees.
Additionally, CESL aggregated a request for 82,000 electric three-wheelers of various categories.
He also informed that the EESL has decided to only do demand aggregation and not finance electric vehicles in any capacity.