The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has issued a call for separate expressions of interest (EoI) from manufacturers for the marketing and distribution of battery-powered two and three-wheeled vehicles.
Made under the GEDA subsidy program for the current fiscal year, the two-wheeler exercise concerns 1,000 battery powered vehicles for sale to secondary school and college students and which will attract a Rs10,000 subsidy. The deadline for delivery of the vehicles would be March 31.
According to the tender document, the procurement would be open only to “manufacturers having adequate infrastructure facilities for manufacturing, marketing and to provide prompt [and] reliable after-sales service”. Interested bidders should have at least three years’ battery-operated vehicle manufacturing experience and should provide comprehensive warranties against manufacturing defects for at least three years, including for advanced battery sets from the date of sale, the document added.
The state government opened a subsidy scheme to promote battery-operated vehicles in 2016, initially aimed only at secondary school students.
GEDA also issued an EoI related to the supply of e-rickshaws powered by advanced batteries and offering a Rs40,000 subsidy per vehicle.
Gujarat’s electric vehicle push is in step with the recommendation of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, India’s central thinktank, which has suggested only electric versions of scooters and motorbikes with an engine capacity of more than 150cc should be sold from 2025.
Last month, in a proposal to the cabinet, NITI Aayog also recommended ride-hailing taxi aggregators replace diesel and petrol vehicles with EVs by 2030. A package of EV policies also suggested the replacement of petrol and diesel vehicles operated by central ministries, agencies and public sector bodies by 2030 and the piloting of an e-highways overhead electricity program to enable trucks and buses to operate as EVs on some national highways.