The Kochi Water Metro Project under the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the commissioning of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) including related Electrical infrastructures at Kochi, Kerala.
EVSE includes the electrical equipment external to the electric vehicle that provides a connection for an electric vehicle to a power source for charging the batteries of different variety of lithium-Ion chemistry/ Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO).
Kochi Water Metro Project (KWMP) is envisaged as an integrated urban water transport project to interlink the city hearts and islands of Kochi, through modern water transport system with the primary aim of improving the connectivity of the people and thereby improving their livelihood and standard of living. The project is conceived as an environmentally friendly, modern urban transport system with 15 identified routes over 78 km of route length. The overall project costs of the Kochi Water Metro Project are estimated at Rs 747.48 crore. Funding for the project is being secured under German-Indian Financial Cooperation through KfW, with a concessional loan and part-funded by government sources.
As per the EOI, fast charger infrastructure shall be built in the major terminals for charging the batteries of different types of electric vehicles and watercrafts. Under Phase-II of the Fame India Scheme, Government of India supports the development of EV Charging infrastructure by extending the capital grant to different organisation/ stockholders and KMRL intend to avail the capital grant offered through FAME-II scheme.
Under the EOI, KMRL envisages to set up EVSE in its Boat terminals which are intended to charge Electric vehicles such as electric cars, electric buses, and electric ferry boats, etc. The EVSE shall be equipped with advanced features like smart metering, cellular capability and network connectivity. The EVSE shall be used to charge KMRL’s own electric feeder services as well as Private/ Public electric vehicles.
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The scope of work for the selected bidders will cover the design, engineering, testing at manufacturer’s works, procurement including transportation to site and storage, quality assurance, packing, erection including performance testing, satisfactory commissioning of EVSE and related electrical infrastructure in the boat terminals.
The last date for bid submission is February 20, 2019, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on February 24, 2019.
Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.
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