EESL’s website shows the release of a Fresh tender for 2,000 EV Chargers with a closing date of 14-11-2017 and technical bid opening intimated as being on the same date at 15:00 hrs.
However, as with the previous tender for 4,000 chargers – which we now understand must stand cancelled (as reported earlier) – there is no official date mentioned for the opening of the Price Bid.
There is also an apparent absence of clarity in the quantity which EESL aims to procure through this tender, as the tender description uploaded to the website mentions a quantity of 2,000 AC + 50 DC Chargers, but the detailed tender specifications mention a schedule for the procurement of only 200 AC + 50 DC Chargers.
In the tender, the delivery date for the required 250 Chargers has been specified as 30th November ’17
Upon contacting EESL there was no response to the clarification sought on why the original tender had been cancelled and replaced by this tender with such a short period for delivery of the products after the announcement of the Snap Bid only a week earlier.
The technical specifications of the tender document still have the same ambiguity as the previous RFQ wherein the Connector details for the DC Charger were “to be defined” and in the latest tender also the “due course of time” continues to be awaited
- c) Output 2: to be provisioned for 3.3 kW charging, Connector will be defined in due course of time.
Let’s hope India’s Electric Vehicle ambitions don’t have to wait for a similar ‘course of time’ to move from definition to action.