Tata Motors may have won the lion’s share of the contract to supply EESL with electric cars but it is Mahindra that has supplied the first cars. Mahindra’s MD Dr. Pawan Goenka put out a tweet while the eVerito electric sedan was being handed over to EESL chairman by the CEO of Mahindra Electric.
Here’s what Dr. Goenka said through his tweet yesterday,
A big day for EV movement in India. First lot of vehicles of EESL tender ready for delivery in Delhi. Moment of pride for Mahindra.
Mahindra has agreed to supply 150 eVerito sedans to EESL. The company is yet to take a call on supplying the rest of 2,850 cars that it is eligible to supply if it can match Tata Motors’ bid price of Rs. 11.2 lakh/electric car. Mahindra’s MD has expressed reservations about profitability if they supply the eVerito at this (11.2 lakhs) price to EESL even as Tata Motors’ MD Guenter Butschek has confidently said that his company would make a profit on each electric car it supplies to EESL.
The Mahindra eVerito that is supplied to EESL needs to have a minimum range/charge of 130 Kms. The electric sedan needs to seat 5 adults, and be able to get its batteries charged fully in 6 hours. It also needs to have quick charge facility that charges the batteries in just 90 minutes. Mahindra also needs to offer a 5 year maintenance contract on these cars. The eVerito meets all these requirements for now.
Tata Motors for its part, will supply 350 units if the Tigor Electric sub-4 meter compact sedan to EESL by November 30th, which is the cut-off date for the first phase supply of cars. The second phase will be in 2018. EESL has also revealed that it would invite bids for the supply of 10,000 more cars (besides the 10,000 car it is already sourcing) next year.