The Indian government plans to soon float bulk tenders to buy electric-powered three-wheelers and rickshaws, for which it expects to get bids from manufacturers such as Bajaj Auto, Mahindra & Mahindra, TVS and Piaggio Ape. The idea is to bring in state-run firms including NTPC, Indian Oil Corporation and Power Grid Corporation to set up battery swap shops for the vehicles, officials said. source
The aim is to help lower the prices of electric vehicles through economies of scale and easy absorption of the battery vehicles in the Indian fleet,” he said. The government has an ambitious plan to replace diesel and petrol vehicles to shift to an all-electric fleet by 2030, to reduce fuel import bill, running cost of vehicles and carbon footprint.
The tenders for e-buses will be floated after aggregating demand from transport departments in states, the official said. EThad earlier reported that the government was considering the promotion of two-wheelers, three-wheelers and city buses without batteries to cut acquisition costs. Batteries can be leased at a specified cost and can be swapped with recharged ones at charging stations. Indian Oil Corporation, NTPC, Power Grid Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd and BHELBSE -0.35 % are being considered to boost the number of electric vehicle charging stations, battery swap stations and manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.