TNI || New Delhi || 22nd Sept 2021
Heavy Transport Vehicle Manufacturer, Ashok Leyland has won the tender for 300 Non-AC Electric Buses that was floated by BMTC- Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
This tender, known as BMTC EV Fame II, also had the specification of a wheelchair lift for Divyangjan.
Under the FAME scheme, it is the fifth time that BMTC is tendering 300 electric buses. In addition to Ashok Leyland, the bids also came from the likes of Tata Motors, Olectra, JBM, and Veera. Reportedly, on September 17, the price bid opened, and Ashok Leyland happened to be the lowest of all the bidders in this tender.
As far as the financial bid was concerned, Ashok Leyland’s submission was at Rs. 48.95 per kilometer, Tata’s was at Rs. 54.90 per kilometer, JBM stood at Rs. 57.97 per kilometer, Olectra at Rs. 59.5 per kilometer and Veera was disqualified from the bid.
Mahesh Babu, who has recently joined Switch Mobility, the electric vertical of Ashok Leyland as the CEO, has declined to comment on the contract awarded.
It is expected that around 88 lacs subsidy will come from each bus. It is said that Ashok Leyland executed the proof of concept in this bid as BMTC officials were flown to Ahmedabad to showcase the automobile giants’ EV bus operations.
It is well to be noted that the BMTC has been trying to introduce these e buses for some time now through FAME 1 subsidy, but hasn’t been successful.