Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has announced the floating of a request for proposal for demand for electric buses, under the ‘Grand Challenge’ – a set of homogenised demand for electric buses aggregated across five major cities.
The cities to be covered under the Grand Challenge are Bangalore, Delhi, Surat, Hyderabad, and Kolkata in the first phase. The first lot of e-buses are expected to be deployed by July 2022. Through this Grand Challenge, CESL aims to deploy 5,450 single decker buses and 130 double decker buses. CESL intends to enhance its support to state governments in achieving their electric mobility targets as well as further build an infrastructure for electric mobility in the country. The tender value is estimated to be Rs 55 billion.