Medilytix Bureau:

State-run Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) on Thursday launched the biggest ever tender worth about Rs 5,500 crore to procure as many as 5,580 electric buses including 130 double deckers.

CESL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), on Thursday announced the floating of a request for proposals for the biggest ever demand for electric buses, under the ‘Grand Challenge’ — a set of homogenized demand for electric buses aggregated across five major cities, according to a statement.

It said the tender value is estimated to be Rs 5,500 crore.

The cities to be covered under this ‘Grand Challenge’ are Bangalore, Delhi, Surat, Hyderabad, and Kolkata in the first phase. The first lot of e-buses are expected to hit the roads by July this year, it added.

Through this ‘Grand Challenge’, CESL aims to deploy 5,450 single decker buses and 130 double decker buses.

‘This Grand Challenge Tender represents efforts by so many people – STUs, OEMs, financiers, Niti Aayog, DHI and of course my colleagues. This is the biggest ever scheme in the world, and is based on an innovative, asset-light model that makes it possible for STUs to deploy affordably and at scale,’ Mahua Acharya, MD & CEO, CESL said.

CESL intends to enhance its support to state governments in achieving their electric mobility targets as well as further build an infrastructure for electric mobility in the country.

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