Of the total order, the companies have completed delivery of 2,000 units so far (most by Tata Motors).
Tata Tigor EV (Photo: News18.com)
The Central government’s electric programme initiative EESL has scaled down its electric car order by a whopping 70 per cent to 3,000 units and blamed its largest customer Andhra for the crisis as the present Jaganmohan Reddy government has cancelled the orders placed by the previous Chandrababu Naidu administration. Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) had in 2017 placed orders for 10,000 electric sedans from Tata Motors (Tigor) and Mahindra (Verito) after a lengthy bidding process by March 2019. However, due to subdued demand and certain issues pertaining to their range, the timeline for supply was later extended to March 2020.
Of the total order, the companies have completed delivery of 2,000 units so far (most by Tata Motors), EESL managing director Saurabh Kumar said. “We have decided that by March 2020 whatever the number of vehicles is delivered to us we will close the order at that level,” Kumar told PTI on the sidelines of the two-day international symposium on energy efficiency. He expects 1,000-odd units to come in by March. He said the largest order for these EVs came from Andhra when Chandrababu Naidu was the chief minister, but the Jagan Reddy government has stopped taking deliveries since coming to power in May.