Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), wants to ensure that the charging infrastructure for 500 electric sedans, which is being procured from Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra by the end of this month is in place. So they have floated,the snap bid, a global tender for procurement of 4,000 chargers for electric vehicles earlier this year. The technical qualification requires companies to have their chargers tested at IIT Madras, post which the financial bid would be open to those who qualify.
Companies such as ABB, Siemens, BHEL and Delta Power Solution India Ltd are among the 14 players who have submitted technical bids for electric vehicle charging stations, according to sources. Even if participants don’t have the certificate, they can furnish an undertaking stating their product meets the technical specifications and can participate in the snap bid.
Cars will start coming in November. If the testing at IIT Madras is taking time, snap bid is the only way to ensure there is charging infrastructure available by middle of next month. It’s an offer to all 14 who have participated, that those who either have a test certificate or can give an undertaking that their chargers meet the specifications, if they can put up 300 charging stations by November 20.