E-commerce giant Amazon is in talks with automobile giant Mahindra Electric to fulfil its vision of deploying 100,000 EVs in its global network.
The automobile giant claims to have already delivered its electric three-wheeler Treo Zor to Amazon’s logistics partners in Japan and Vietnam, and receive an order of 1,000 units of electric three-wheeler from Amazon India, which is claimed to be the largest order of its kind for electric vehicles.
Earlier in December 2020, Amazon was in talks with multiple Indian OEMs, including Mahindra Electric, Kinetic Green, Altigreen, Etrio and others.
Apart from Mahindra Electric, automobile OEM Kinetic Green had previously claimed to have received an initial order of 200-300 units last year.
“The company has already delivered 300 units of Treo Zor to Indian e-commerce logistics providers, including Amazon India. It has an order book of a further 800 units, which is expected to be completed by April 2021.”~ Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric
Mahindra’s EVs are also currently being deployed with Bigbasket, Jio Mart, Flipkart and others in India. The company also claims to be seeing demand in the UK for passenger and electric rickshaws.
Amazon India had announced in December 2020 that it was in talks with multiple Indian OEMs, including Mahindra Electric, Kinetic Green, Altigreen, Etrio and Gayam Motor Works among others, to procure customised electric vehicles for its last-mile deliveries.
The e-commerce giant at the time mentioned that it will not procure EVs directly from OEMs, but will work with logistics partners to buy the vehicles, thereby ensuring that only high quality and high specification vehicles are procured. Accordingly, Amazon was looking for EVs that can carry a payload of about 500-600 Kg with a range of about 150 km and a top speed of 50 km per hour.
Earlier in January, Amazon India had announced its plans to onboard 10K electric vehicles for its delivery facility by 2025.
As per the Founder Jeff Bezos the electric vehicles would be operating in over 20 cities, including Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Pune and Coimbatore among others.