Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, Government of India, signed an agreement with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), to lease out electric vehicles (EVs) and install EV chargers at its offices.
The vehicles would be procured by EESL under the Government of India's National E-Mobility Programme and will be supplied at a monthly lease rent of Rs 22,500 per car, inclusive of maintenance expenditure. This will not only reduce the cost of hired cars, but also reduce emissions substantially.
As a part of the agreement, EESL will also insure the EVs, provide a comprehensive free annual maintenance contract (AMC) for a period of five years, offer warranty against manufacturing defects, and supply and install chargers at GHMC's circle and zonal offices. Earlier this year, the Government of India launched the National E-Mobility Programme to provide an impetus to the e-mobility ecosystem, including vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies, fleet operators, and service providers. EESL is aggregating demand by procuring EVs in bulk to leverage economies of scale. These EVs will replace the existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles of the central and state governments.