Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has issued an expression of interest to empanel electric vehicle (EV) charging point operators across India.

The scope of work includes supply, installations, testing, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of EV charging stations in India on build, own, and operate (BOO) model.

The last date to submit bids is November 11, 2021. The bids will be opened on the same day. The pre-bid meeting will take place on October 29.

CESL intends to deploy EV charging stations in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Surat, Pune, Visakhapatnam, and Tirupati.

Bidders are not required to furnish any earnest money deposit for this tender. However, the successful bidder must submit ₹100,000 (~$1,336) as a performance bank guarantee within 28 days of receiving the notification of award.

All micro and small enterprises (MSEs) are exempt from paying the security deposit subject to providing proof of registration as MSE with any agency mentioned in the notification of the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises.

CESL has earmarked 25% of the tendered quantity for MSE operators. Of this,, 4% has been reserved for procurement by MSEs owned by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe entrepreneurs, while 3% has been reserved for MSEs owned by women.

According to the tender document, if the MSE vendor quotes within the price of lowest (L1)+15%, the vendor will be awarded 25% of the total tendered quantity subject to the acceptance of the L1 price. In the case of more than one such MSE, the supply will be shared proportionately. If the quantity cannot be split, then the MSE quoting price within the price band of L1+15% may be awarded the complete quantity of the tendered value.

The bidder should have experience owning and operating 10 EV public charging stations in the last three years.

In the past three financial years, the bidder must have had an annual average turnover of ₹5.1 million (~$68,170). The bidder should have been profitable in the last two financial years. The bidder’s net worth in the previous financial year must not be less than 100% of the paid-up share capital.

In July 2021, CESL issued an EoI to empanel original equipment manufacturers to supply electric two-wheelers in Goa.

Mercom had earlier reported that CESL invited bids to empanel OEMs to supply electric three-wheelers in India.