Brihan-Mumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) has invited bids to select an operator to install and operate the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by sharing the infrastructure of BEST.
The scope of work includes installation, operation, and maintenance of EV charging stations (including charger management software and mobile app) in Mumbai and suburbs on 55 sites for ten years.
The last date to submit the bids is June 26, 2022. Bids will be opened on July 1.
The project must be completed within six months from signing the contract.
The tender has been floated under the Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) program, which was launched in April 2019. FAME-II was initially intended for three years ending March 31, 2022. However, it was extended earlier this year by 24 months until March 31, 2024.
Bidders will have to submit ₹1 million (~$12,860) as an earnest money deposit. The successful bidder will have to furnish ₹5 million (~$64,300) as a security depositor within 30 days from the letter of acceptance by BEST.
Bidders should have been operating for at least three years as of the date of publishing of tender notice.
They should have installed at least 25 EV charging stations in India or international markets for six months or more as of the date of publication of the request for proposal. The experience of the promoter or promoter group companies in setting up EV charging stations will also be considered for eligibility.
Bidders should have an average annual financial turnover of at least ₹400 million (~$5.14 million) during the last three financial years.
In the last financial year, they should have a positive net worth of at least ₹200 million (~$2.57 million).
The chargers must be certified by an approved government testing agency and tested per Indian and Bharat EV standards, including communication protocol interoperability.
A minimum of 135 chargers and 330 charging guns are to be installed.
Bidders should conduct a market survey for the type of fast chargers used for the vehicles (3W, 4W, Vans, etc.) at each site. BEST will allocate three to six parking bays to install the chargers and utilize the space for EV charging at each location.
The successful bidder will seek a new electrical connection from the distribution company as per load requirement and pay monthly bills towards electricity charges.
BEST will allocate space to install and operate the charging station to the successful bidder for ten years.
The Ministry of Heavy Industries recently announced that it had approved 2877 EV charging stations in 68 cities across 25 states and union territories under the second phase of the FAME-II program.
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Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.