The Indian e-commerce platform, Walmart-owned Flipkart is entering into the road to the electrification of its fleet.
Flipkart to replace 40% of its delivering vans to electric
By the end of 2019, there will be likely to have 18 to 160 electric vans. The company will set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its warehouses as currently, there is not much EV infrastructure is available in India.
From several months, the company was conducting pilots in Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad using e-vans and electric bikes.
The kart and Marketplace at Flipkart, Senior Vice-President, Amitesh Jha said that they have been conducting pilots in our supply chain and the results are best that is also contributing in reducing emissions levels by 50%.
It deployed electric vans in Hyderabad, New Delhi & 30 e-bikes in Bengaluru
It had already deployed 8 electric vans in Hyderabad and 10 in New Delhi, and 30 e-bikes in Bengaluru, he said. The company aims to replace 40% of their existing last mile fleet of delivery vans with EVs by March 2020. The company did not disclose the investment details.
It is working closely with the manufacturers so that they can codesign the concepts which suit the needs of the company. He says they are the first company in India to introduce e-mobility for deliveries.
The Indian government is promoting and encouraging electric vehicles (EVs) in India and aims to electrify 30% of EVs in India. Flipkart being a helping hand in achieving the government’s electrification goals.
The partners for this project are Amazon, Grofers, Zomato, Blue Dart Express, Hero Electric, BSES, Tata Power, among others.
Hopefully, this change should be made 100% for all the delivery transport mobility in the coming years.
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