Kerala invites bids for 1,200 EVs and charging stations

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has invited bids for the supply of 200 electric vehicles (EVs) and 1,000 special purpose EVs. The expressions of interest also include the setting up of charging stations for commercial operation in the state. The 200 new EVs are expected to cater to the transportation of KSEB officials, while, the 1,000 special-purpose EVs may be used to replace the jeeps used by KSEB in the field offices for transportation of men and materials to the sites. The last date for bid submission is November 8, 2021.

Interested bidders are required to submit an amount of Rs 500,000 as an earnest money deposit. The bidder is required to have an average annual turnover of Rs 210 million for the last three financial years. The net worth of the bidder must be at least Rs 30 million. The supply of EVs is required to be completed within three years from the date of the agreement.

Eligibility to participate in the bidding process also requires the bidder to have designed, manufactured, type-tested, supplied, and commissioned as engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor charging stations of a cumulative capacity of 200 kW. A minimum of one EV charger out of the total capacity must be 50 kW or higher in the last three years before the bid submission deadline. Additionally, at least one charger with a capacity of not less than 15 kW should have been in service for six months prior to the bid submission deadline.