Tender Issued for Supply of 50 Electric Buses in Assam

Tender Issued for Supply of 50 Electric Buses in Assam

ASTC has issued an RfP, inviting bids from eligible OEMs for the supply of 50 air-conditioned (AC) and non AC electric buses in the state of Assam.

The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has issued a request for proposal (RfP), inviting bids from eligible vendors/ Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) for the supply of 50 air-conditioned (AC) and non AC electric buses in the state.

The state has tendered for 40 AC electric buses and 10 non AC versions of similar buses. All the buses must have a seating capacity of 25, including the driver, and must have provisions for wheelchair accessibility. The buses must come with a two-year or 200,000 km warranty with a five-year warranty on the battery.

To be eligible for participating in the bidding process, the bidder shall be an OEM and must submit their experience details related to the supply of EV/Diesel/CNG vehicles in India. And the average annual turnover of the manufacturer during the last three financial year’s i.e. 2017- 18, 2018-19 & 2019-2020 shall not be less than Rs 50 crore.

The bidders who fulfill the technical specifications as required by ASTC will have to conduct a trial run of the offered Electric bus or its base model variant for a period of minimum 2-3 days within the routes as may be finalised by ASTC during the trials. Successful trial run of the EV is mandatory to be declared as technically qualified and the financial bids of only the technically qualified bidders shall be evaluated.

Furthermore, the bidder shall have local dealership support at Guwahati, Assam. If the bidder has not yet established a local dealership and support center in Guwahati, Assam, then the bidder must provide an undertaking that necessary dealer and service support center will be established at Guwahati within 2 months after the issue of LOA, if selected.

The last date for submission of bids is September 1, 2020, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on the following date September 2. 2020. All bidders must submit an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 1 crore along with their bids.

In December 2019, ASTC had issued a tender for the supply, operation, and maintenance of 100 electric buses in the state. As per the Request for Proposals (RfP) the selected firms were supposed to work on the operation and maintenance of the electric buses in the cities of Guwahati, Silchar and Jorhat.

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Ayush Verma

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