Reports emanating in the Indian media have shut out contender Mahindra and Mahindra likely to pick up a piece of the 10,000 electric car order to be placed by a Government of India company Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on behalf of various government ministries and departments.

This may be a result of Mahindra’s having production ready versions of the Verito sedan in electric drive – called the eVerito. The Tata’s Tigor sedan has been worked over by JLR engineers to produce an electric version, but it still not production ready.

The company has asked M&M to match Tata’s offer price of Rs 1.02 million excluding taxes, subject to which they could be offered as much as 40% of the order. Anand Mahindra is an acclaimed advocate of competition driving efficiencies in the electric vehicle market, having goaded Elon Musk on Twitter to get over to India. The electric vehicle demand in power-starved India is set to rise, with government departments alone likely to purchase close to 500,000 cars over the next few years.

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