Swiggy and Reliance BP Mobility have partnered to develop an electric car ecosystem and battery swapping facilities for its delivery partners across India. In addition, the food-tech firm has teamed with Hero Lectro, an e-bike manufacturer, and Fast Despatch Logistics in the United Kingdom to transport cargo e-cycles. Trials in Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Hyderabad have already begun.
According to a statement released by Swiggy on Thursday, making deliveries with electric cars would cut vehicle running costs by up to 40%, resulting in higher profits for delivery partners. The statement includes, “Today’s announcement comes on the back of almost two years of pilots, during which Swiggy explored various models to determine what would make EV adoption easier and more profitable for its delivery partners.”
By 2025, the firm has pledged to deliver in an 8-kilometer radius utilizing electric vehicles.
Battery-swapping facilities will be installed every few kilometers by Reliance BP Mobility. A single pre-charged battery may cover a distance of 65-80 kilometers.
Swiggy has stated that it will teach its delivery partners how to utilize electric cars, battery switching, and battery performance monitoring applications.
“As we continue to work towards providing our consumers with greater convenience, we are also mindful of the environmental impact of our operations and are taking necessary steps to make our journey more sustainable,” Swiggy CEO Sriharsha Majety. “Transitioning to EVs is an important step in this direction.”
The partnership with Swiggy has the potential to disrupt the delivery and transportation industries in the country and promote EV adoption, according to Harish C. Mehta, CEO of Reliance BP Mobility. “We are confident that Swiggy and their delivery partners will immensely benefit from our widespread network of battery-swapping stations,” he said.
Zomato Ltd. announced in June that it will join Climate Group’s EV100 global electric mobility programme and pledge to 100% electric vehicle adoption by 2030. The company, which just went public, is collaborating with a few electric vehicle companies to develop pilots. E-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart have also pledged to make the switch to electric vehicles.