Rajasthan Issues RfP for Procurement of 150 E-Buses

Since bidding is based on gross cost contract, the rate quoted by the bidder will be on per kilometer basis, and the entire cost of charging infrastructure, including the cost of charging equipment, transformer, and other expenses for installation of charging infrastructure will have to be incurred by the operator

October 12, 2019. By News Bureau

The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) has announced that it has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to select bus operators for the obtaining, operation, and maintenance of 50 air-conditioned electric-powered buses under the phase II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME II) program.

The last date for the submission of bids is October 21, 2019.

According to the RSRTC, the 12-meter electric buses should have the capability to run a minimum of 300 kilometers on a single charge with full load for the interstate and intercity operations.

The successful bidder will be delivered with demand incentives under the FAME-II program by RSRTC.

The scope of the tender includes the manufacturing and supply of electric buses, carry out preventive and breakdown maintenance of buses, and operate buses on the routes specified by RSRTC.

The work also contains developing charging infrastructure, including the development, supply, and installation of transformers and other necessary electrical systems and accessories.

The successful bidder is also required to provide chargers and maintain complete charging infrastructure, including infrastructure for undertaking preventive and breakdown maintenance. The RSRTC will pay for the cost of electricity consumed for the charging of electric buses.

Prospected bidders should pay a sum of ₹50,000 ($704) towards the bid processing fee. Moreover, the bidders will have to pay ₹15 million (~$211,176) as a security deposit

Likewise, Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) has also issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) for the supply, operation, and maintenance of 100 fully built air-conditioned electric-powered buses at Jaipur city on build, own, operate, and transfer (BOOT) basis.

The last date for the submission of bids is October 24, 2019. The estimated cost of the project is ₹1.75 billion ($24.7 million) for ten years. The company currently operates nearly 300 diesel buses.

This project will also be under the Fame India phase II program of the central government and will be operated on the OPEX model.

Since bidding is based on gross cost contract, the rate quoted by the bidder will be on per kilometer basis, and the entire cost of charging infrastructure, including the cost of charging equipment, transformer, and other expenses for installation of charging infrastructure will have to be incurred by the operator.

This move by the Rajasthan government that could encourage electric mobility in the state, but the scale is still too small 150 buses. So far, the state hasn’t paid due emphasis on the expansion of electric vehicles.

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