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Government plans to get electric cars for ministers, bureaucrats

By Chennabasaveshwar

With a view to reducing pollution, the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has notified tender for purchase of 10,000 battery-powered cars along with 4,000 charging stations in NCR so that Union ministers and senior bureaucrats could move in electric sedans by November.

A company promoted by state-run power utilities, EESL, will float Request for Proposals) on Friday, reports Times of India.

Government plans to get electric cars for ministers, bureaucrats

"We will start with government departments," Union power, coal and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal was quoted by TOI as saying. The new initiative was announced after EESL and state-run fuel retailers signed MoUs for selling energy efficient LED bulbs from petrol pumps.

The EESL will buy 1,000 four-door EVs that can run 120-150 kms on a single charge in the first phase spread over six months. About 300-400 EVs willbe out in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) zone.

The company will provide the EVs, drivers and maintenance. Hence, nothing changes for the departments as they would continue to get the service for, maybe, Rs 5,000 less, and contribute in reducing pollution.

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