Devendra Fadnavis, CM of Maharashtra has handed over 5 Tigor EVs to PWD – Public Works Department. This is part the order size of EV Cars order placed through EESL. The ongoing project is part of an effort to make the state green.
Handover of electric vehicles to government offices is part of a country wide EV adoption plan. At present, the Tigor EV variant is being offered to EESL for purchase against a tender. Details regarding availability of Tata Tigor EV to the general public will be made known at a later date.
Tata Tigor EV offers a range of up to 120 kms and delivers a top speed of 130 kmph. Maharashtra government has allotted Rs 25,000 crore towards electric vehicles as made known by the CM during the handover ceremony at Mantralaya (state secretariat) today.
Last week the first allotment of Tata Tigor EVs was handed over to Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam (JBVNL). The delivery order comprised the first lot of 20 cars, a part of the 50 fleet order that Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is supplying to JBVNL. The Union power ministry initiative encourages the use of EVs in government fleets.
Maharashtra government’s EV adoption policy and promotion entails spending of Rs 25,000-crore investment to encourage manufacturing. Use of electric vehicles is being encouraged in more govt departments.
The EV adoption plan will see EESL provide 1,000 such vehicles on rent in a phase-wise manner. The first charging stations (2 each) are being set up at Mantralaya (Mumbai) and Nagpur. The budget set aside not only entails acquiring an EV but also their components and charging equipment/infra. Maharashtra PWD department signed the MoU with EESL to procure e-vehicles on rent from central PSU in May 2018. The clause also caters to manufacturing and spare parts needs.