The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is all set to become the first temple management in the world to use electric cars for commuting. As part of its electric vehicles policy, the Andhra Pradesh government will deploy 350 electric cars across the state by June end. Of this, 50 will be for the use of TTD officials in Tirumala.
“The electric vehicles are being hired on a monthly basis from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), with whom we have entered into an agreement. Initially, we will deploy 50 vehicles each in selected areas, including the TTD,” M Kamalakar Babu, managing director of New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (NREDCAP) told TOI.
NREDCAP will pay EESL Rs 20,000 per vehicle per month and give another Rs 20,000 per month to the departments concerned to pay for the driver and maintenance costs. The hired drivers will be given special orientation on the use of batteries and gears in the new vehicle. After six years, the ownership of the vehicles will transfer to the state government. According to officials, each electric car costs Rs 11 lakh.By the end of this month, electric vehicles will be given to the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC), Tirupati Municipal Corporation (TMC), Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL), AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) as well as the secretariat in Amaravati. The vehicles will be supplied to joint directors and joint commissioner cadre officers as their travel will be limited from point to point.
APSPDCL has already finalized vendors for supply of charging equipment as per the norms set by the Union government. Typically, these cars can run for about 120km on full charge. They can be charged in six hours via an AC charger and in 90 minutes using a DC charger. The cost of using these vehicles come to only Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 per kilometre.