Post Date : January 21, 2020
Following Jeff Bezos’ visit to the country, e-commerce giant Amazon has made a commitment to introduce 10,000 EVs to its delivery fleet in India by 2025. This initiative can be seen as a part of the company’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of its operations in the country.
Amazon India in a statement said that it has piloted electric vehicles in several cities across India in 2019. And, now aims to expand the initiative across the country.
The statement further added that learning from the pilots has helped the company vision a long term and a large EV fleet.
In a statement, the company noted that, “The fleet of 10,000 EVs – including three-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles – has been designed and manufactured by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in India.”
According to reports, in 2020 these vehicles are likely to operate in over 20 cities of India including Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, Coimbatore etc.
These 10,000 fleets are in addition to the global commitment of one lakh EVs in the delivery fleet by 2030 announced in the climate pledge signed by Amazon.
Under the pledge, the company aims to introduce 10,000 EVs in delivery fleet globally and one lakh by 2030, saving four million metric tonnes of carbon per year by 2030.
The company has also announced an investment of USD 1 billion for digitising small and medium business, and the creation of one million jobs by 2025.
The company is working with many Indian OEMs to build a sustainable fleet of vehicles and ensure safe deliveries to the customers.
The government of India is vigorously pushing the country to the adoption of EVs as it plans to make a major shift to electric vehicles by 2030. Furthermore, under the FAME 2 policy, it aims to encourage the adaption of EVs and develop Charging infrastructure.
“At Amazon India, we are committed to building a supply chain that will minimise the environmental impact of our operations,”Akhil Saxena , Amazon vice president, customer fulfillment -APAC and emerging markets
He further adds, that the company will continue to invest in making its feet electric and reduce its dependency on non-renewable resources.
Last year in September the company also announced that the company’s fulfillment centers from June 2020 will use single-use-plastic in its packaging