Delhi Transco Limited has floated a tender for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping stations under packages (sites) A – J across the national capital territory of Delhi.
Bidders must make an earnest money deposit (EMD) of ₹300,000 (~$ 4,116) per site. The EMD for startups is ₹150,000 (~$2,058) per site. The last date for the submission of bids is March 17, 2021.
Selected bidders must complete the work in six months. The scope of work includes installation, operation, and maintenance of the public charging and battery swapping stations. The stations must be set up as per the guidelines specified by the Ministry of Power.
To be eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process, applicants must be operators of public battery charging or swapping stations with experience operating such systems in at least four locations. They must have experience operating at least 20 charging points or 30 battery swapping docks in the last year.
Manufacturers of EVs, advanced chemistry batteries, or electric vehicle supply equipment with operations in the country for at least one year can also apply. Fleet operators with at least 30 vehicles who have been operating in India for at least three years are also allowed to place bids. Distribution companies are also allowed to participate in the tender.
Bidders must have a net worth of at least ₹30 million (~$411,650) per package. Startups recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade can also participate in the bidding process as long as they have a net worth of ₹15 million (~$205,825) per package. The net worth of bidders must have been positive over the last three financial years.
A package of sites refers to a group of concessional locations bundled together. A bidder is required to submit a bid for an entire package of sites. The details are furnished below:
Delhi announced its EV Policy 2020 to boost the adoption of electric vehicles in the national capital. The policy is valid for three years and plans to boost the adoption of battery electric vehicles so they contribute to 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2024. The policy also seeks to encourage setting up private charging points at residential and non-residential premises. The state government will also provide a grant of 100% for the purchase of charging equipment up to ₹6,000 (~$80) per charging point for the first 30,000 charging points. The plan is to make public charging facilities accessible every three kilometers in Delhi through the policy.
Previously, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to establish the infrastructure for electric vehicles for ten years.
Nithin Thomas is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Reuters News, he has covered oil, metals and agricultural commodity markets across global markets. He has also covered refinery and pipeline explosions, oil and gas leaks, Atlantic region hurricane developments, and other natural disasters. Nithin holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. More articles from Nithin.