New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) has signed an agreement with Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), to procure 25,000 electric two-wheelers (E2W) for the state. These electric vehicles are provided to Andhra Pradesh’s state government employees.
As per the agreement, CESL and NREDCAP will work together to deploy electric vehicles and develop charging infrastructure in the state. NREDCAP will also facilitate a suitable payment security mechanism devised by CESL.
NREDCAP is the agency responsible for implementing the state’s electric and battery-operated vehicle vision. The policy hopes to phase out internal combustion engine-based vehicles in four major cities by 2024 and in all cities by 2030.
In March 2021, NREDCAP invited expressions of interest to procure E2Ws for use by state government employees. Andhra Pradesh intends to provide 100,000 electric two-wheelers to all government employees over the year.
CESL has said that E2Ws would be provided on a monthly lease, including comprehensive insurance, which will be deducted as equated monthly installment from the account of the volunteering government employee. These E2Ws would also have a standard warranty of three years against any manufacturing defect, and batteries would have a warranty until three years or coverage of 60,000 kilometers, depending on whichever is earlier.
CESL has been working at enabling battery-powered electric mobility and its infrastructure. It is designing business models to increase the uptake of electric vehicles and aggregating demand.
Earlier, the Department of Heavy Industries had announced partial amendments to the FAME-II program. Demand aggregation has been identified as the key to bringing down the upfront cost of e-rickshaws, on par with the internal combustion engine vehicles for multiple user segments.
According to the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), 236,802 EVs were sold in India in the financial year (FY) 2020-21, registering a drop of 20% over the sales for FY 2019-20 when 295,683 EVs were sold.
For FY21, the E2W segment registered sales of 143,837 vehicles, including 40,836 high-speed and 103,000 low-speed E2W. In the previous financial year, there were 152,000 units sold, thus showing a decline of 6% in the E2W segment.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.