The Delhi government has initiated a plan to enhance last-mile connectivity within the city’s public transportation network by inviting proposals for the deployment of 3,000 high-speed e-scooters, low-speed e-scooters, and e-cycles. This initiative, known as the Public E-Scooter Sharing (PeSS) System and Public E-Cycle Sharing System (PeCS), is designed to offer residents of the national capital an affordable and eco-friendly mobility solution.
Delhi’s Transport Minister, Kailash Gahlot, expressed enthusiasm for this development, emphasizing the government’s commitment to improving urban mobility and last-mile connectivity. He noted that this initiative aligns with the city’s goal of providing cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and efficient last-mile transportation options to complement the existing public transit infrastructure, including buses and the Metro.
The project envisions deploying a total of 3,000 electric vehicles (EVs) across 90 locations in the Dwarka sub-city in three phases. Phase 1, which will begin with 1,500 vehicles, will include high-speed e-scooters, low-speed e-scooters, and e-cycles. Phase 2 will introduce an additional minimum of 750 vehicles, and Phase 3 will complete the deployment of the remaining 750 vehicles, with an emphasis on long-term hiring or rental. Service providers will have the flexibility to operate various EV variants based on demand.
The timeline for implementation includes 6 months for Phase 1, 4 months for Phase 2, and 4 months for Phase 3, followed by a 7-year period for operations and maintenance, with an estimated project cost of 18 Crore INR.
Bidders are required to propose a per-minute user charge, subject to a minimum usage of 10 minutes. The quantity split provision specifies a ratio of 60% high-speed e-scooters and low-speed e-scooters to 40% e-cycles, with user charges capped to ensure affordability.
To be eligible, bidders must be Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), authorized OEM dealers, or Fleet Aggregators of E-scooters or e-cycles. They must meet technical requirements and achieve a minimum score of 70 marks, along with providing a Proof of Concept (PoC) involving two operational vehicles at site conditions.
The introduction of the public e-scooter and e-cycle sharing system aims to enhance the utilization of public transport in Dwarka by providing crucial last-mile connectivity, thereby expanding the reach of the city’s transit systems.