There is no question that Sudhir Mehta is pleased that his company was recently awarded the CESL (Convergence Energy Services) order for electric buses. Yet, the Founder and Chairman of EKA Mobility is pragmatic enough to understand that the real work begins now.
“This is the starting point of this journey and it is exciting because we have been at it for a couple of years. We took the more difficult route of trying to engineer everything in India in order to make-in-India,” he says.
EKA has got a mandate to operate and maintain 310 e-buses from CESL’s recently concluded tender for 6,465 electric buses. The company’s buses will be deployed in the State Transport Undertakings (STU) of Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Kerala.
“The market is so grossly under penetrated in India for public transport that we have to bring about a big change. With these tenders, the message is clear that electric mobility is the economically correct thing to do,” says Mehta.