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Last Updated : Jan 03, 2018 06:38 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

EESL delays electric vehicles delivery deadline for phase 1

The government's ambitious push for electric vehicles (EV) has run into infrastructure hurdles. EESL - the nodal agency for procuring electric cars had set November 30 as the delivery deadline for 500 electric cars. However, the deadline was extended by EESL first to December 30 and now, a Mint report suggests that it is likely to be extended again by around fifteen days.

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The government's ambitious push for electric vehicles (EV) has run into infrastructure hurdles. EESL - the nodal agency for procuring electric cars had set November 30 as the delivery deadline for 500 electric cars.

These cars were to be supplied by Tata Motors and Mahindra Electric, who won the orders for the first phase of procurement. Both the companies have made some token deliveries.

However, the deadline for remaining vehicles was extended by EESL first to December 30. Now, a Mint report suggests that it is likely to be extended again by around fifteen days. The report also says that lack of battery charging infrastructure is causing this delay.

In fact, responding to the report, the chairman of Mahindra group Anand Mahindra tweeted, "We have been ready to supply our vehicles since the first specified delivery date. This is disappointing."

CNBC-TV18 caught up with Saurabh Kumar MD of EESL to discuss this delay and the other elements of government's EV procurement plan.

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First Published on Jan 3, 2018 06:08 pm

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