CESL launches Grand Challenge for deployment of E-Buses in nine major cities

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Giving a big thrust to the adoption of electric buses for public transport in the country, Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL),today announced the floating of the‘Grand Challenge’– a set of homogenized demand for electric buses aggregated across nine cities.

In his inaugural address, Sh. Amitabh Kant, CEO- NITI Aayog said, “NITI Aayog is giving full support to all measures aimed at boosting innovation, efficiency and investments in the automobile sector, especially to bring down the initial upfront cost of EVs. The transition to EVs is inevitable and CESL is working effectively in that direction. It is very clear that India will lead the drive to change and become a leader in transition mobility across the globe. We need to adopt an indigenous route for EVs, develop a robust supply chain and reduce dependence on imports from China. Manufacturers in India should understand the changing dynamics of the automobile industry and exploit the opportunity to lead the disruptive change. It is high time that mass adoption is undertaken and nothing better than the mass public transport system to ensure that. It is imperative for us to introduce new strategies for reduction of vehicular emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. The tender for 3742 e-buses is a big step towards this mission of Energy Independence as propagated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. In light of the COP26 at Glasgow, it is another step in our commitment to achieve the goals set for climate change agenda.

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