Government of India to order 10,000 electric vehicles; to be used by various ministries and departments
Mahindra is on its way to capitalize from Indian government’s order of purchasing 10,000 electric vehicles. The Energy Efficiency Service Ltd. (EESL), a company under the Ministry of Power has released a tender for 10,000 EVs and 4,000 chargers. These vehicles will be used by various ministries and government departments under the strategy to introduce all-electric mobility across the country by 2030.
According to the tender released by EESL, government of India is about to buy 3,000 AC chargers and 1,000 DC chargers that are compatible with Bharat AC-001 and DC-001 charger specification. Mahindra being the sole operator in the Indian EV market has a good chance to capitalize from this order. It has already invested Rs. 600 crore in the electric vehicle business and eyes to dominate the segment once other automakers like Tesla, Nissan enter the Indian EV market.
Presently, Mahindra sells electric vehicles like e2o Plus, eVerito in the domestic market. Apart from that, it is developing a new electric car in association with famous Italian design house Pininfarina. Also, the homegrown auto major is developing two more powerful battery packs for its future EVs as well. These new electric powertrains will be capable of pumping out power output between 41 hp and 204 hp.
The upcoming electric vehicles from Mahindra will come with a range of up to 350 km on a fully charged battery. The automaker has set a goal to produce electric vehicles that will be able to accelerate 0-60 kmph in less than 5 seconds and these vehicles will also have a top speed of up to 200 kmph.
Keeping pace with the Indian government’s strategy to introduce pure electric mobility by 2030, Mahindra plans to expand its assembling capacity to 60,000 per annum by the end of this decade. It aims to set up a new manufacturing plant that will roll out 48,000 units every year. Currently, its Bengaluru plant produces 5,000 units every year and it can be increased up to 12,000 units.