Flipkart to deploy over 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030


Walmart-owned e-commerce marketplace Flipkart on Wednesday said it would deploy over 25,000 electric vehicles in its supply chain by the year 2030, helping it in achieving 100% electrification of its first and last-mile delivery fleet.

The company said that it has already deployed over 450 EVs through its logistics partners in cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati and Pune, with plans to add a further 1,000 EVs to its fleet before the end of the current calendar year.

Flipkart has partnered with leading EV manufacturers Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric and Piaggio to bring two and three-wheeler electric vehicles to the roads, and will in time begin adding larger four-wheeler EVs to its fleet as well, it said.

“It’s been a very collaborative process, because it’s been a lot of us providing design inputs, co-creating solutions in terms of what sort of security features are needed, what sort of volumetric profile of the vehicle is needed and so on,” said Mahesh Pratap Singh, Head of sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Flipkart.

“While you see the 25,000 number which we will get to by 2030, there’s already a significant mass of EVs which we’re already working with across cities which has given us confidence,” he added.

The company plans to promote the use of EVs by its logistics providers by making it a part of the requirements in its service contracts and will also work to install charging infrastructure in close to 1,400 of its supply chain facilities across India. In August last year, the company had announced that it was joining the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.

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Singh added that while sustainability has been a major driver of the move towards EVs, green two, three and some small four-wheeler vehicles also make sense from a commercial aspect given their low running costs if the density of vehicles is high enough. He added that committing to a large base of vehicles also gives the company advantages of scale when working with partner OEMs and others.

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Flipkart’s chief rival Amazon had announced that the company would
deploy 10,000 EVs on India’s roads by 2025 during a visit to India in January 2020.

Since then, Amazon has been working to firm up initial orders from manufacturers such as Mahindra Electric and Kinetic Green, among others. It has also held discussions with several firms to identify investment opportunities in the space, helping build scale to serve its needs.

ET reported earlier this month that Mahindra Electric had
received the largest order for EVs, estimated to be around 1,000 units, from Amazon’s logistics partners. The EV manufacturer has also shipped units of its three-wheeler Treo Zor to Amazon’s logistics partners in Vietnam and Japan.





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