E-commerce firm Flipkart announced on Wednesday that it plans to deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles in its fleet by 2030, to achieve 100% electric mobility in nine years and fast-track the adoption of electric vehicles across cities.
Mahesh Pratap Singh, the head-sustainability and social responsibility at Flipkart said, “The journey started a couple of years back with early electric deployment. We have 450 EVs already and will have another 1000 EVs by this year-end. To fulfill our commitment, we need strategic partners and are tying up with OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) to co-create solutions. We will add four-wheelers at a later date primarily for use cases in grocery and furniture, for their volumetric profile and weight.”
The Walmart owned ecommerce platform, Flipkart formally announced on Wednesday, it is going to deploy over 25,000 electric vehicles by the coming year 2030. It will include two wheeler, three wheeler and four wheeler vehicles, to be designed and assembled within India. This will be a step ahead on its behalf towards 100% electric mobility within the next nine years.
This news was a follow up of the recent announcement by Amazon of closing a deal with Mahindra Electric to manufacture “close to a hundred” electric three wheelers within India. Amazon plans to introduce 10,000 electric vehicles by 2025, to its local delivery fleet.
Flipkart will be setting up charging infrastructure around delivery offices and hubs to be able to fast track the electric vehicles adoption process. By now, the b2b platform has already begun piloting and deployment of around 450 electric vehicles over several cities.
“In this journey of making our logistics fleet completely electric by 2030, we will collaborate and work with leading local players to procure and deploy electric vehicles while supporting the required infrastructure growth. We understand the relevance of electric mobility in achieving both business and sustainability goals and are committed to paving the way for greater adoption of EVs across the country.”- Amit Jha, DVO Ekart and Marketplace, Flipkart.
The vehicles that will be a part of Flipkart’s sustainable approach are Hero Electric, Ape’E Xtra FX from Piaggio, Treo Zor from Mahindra Electric and others.