Kia Motors likely to bid for electric car tenders soon: report

Kia Motors India Pvt. Ltd. may bid to supply electric cars to the government once its manufacturing unit is commissioned in Andhra Pradesh claims a report.

Live Mint citing a person with direct knowledge of the development reports, the management of Kia Motors has already studied possibility of launching EVs in India, and may also introduce an electric powered train in India by 2021.

According to the publication the company will launch its electric cars in India only if it is satisfied with the government direction for electric and sustainable mobility, including infrastructure for charging stations.

“Kia Motors has the intent of introducing EVs in India and participate in the bids to supply these vehicles to the Union government as soon as the plant starts production. It will also depend on the kind of direction the government gives regarding specifications of the vehicles and the infrastructure available. Kia has technologies required for electrified vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles,” said the person cited above to Live Mint on the condition of anonymity.

Manohar Bhat, head of marketing and sales at Kia Motors India in an email response to the publication said “Kia Motors is one of the global leaders in the electric vehicles category. Depending on specifications and infrastructure that are shared, we could take part in the bids to supply EVs.”

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) recently floated India’s second EV tender for procurement of 10,000 electric cars (EVs) including complete system warranty under Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Electric Vehicle in India of MNRE Govt. of India. The electric cars will be used by government departments and agencies.

A report in ET citing Saurabh Kumar, managing director of EESL noted the company is expecting more car makers like Hyundai Motor India Ltd and Kia Motors India Ltd to bid in the second tender since both the have already showcased their electric vehicles.


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