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Amazon India ties up with Mahindra Electric to expand EV fleet

Post By : Basundhara Choudhury
Post Date : February 23, 2021
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Amazon India has tied up with Mahindra Electric to stand up to its commitment to bolster electric mobility in the country, as it looks to add 10,000 electric vehicles in its local delivery fleet by 2025, as it announced on Tuesday.

Mahindra’s Treo Zor vehicles have been deployed in seven cities–Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore, and Lucknow–so far, with Amazon India’s network of delivery service partners, shares the e-commerce giant.

These are in addition to Amazon.com Inc.’s commitment of having 100,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in its global delivery fleet by 2030.

Another E-commerce major and rival Flipkart has also pledged that it will convert its its entire delivery fleet in India to electric by 2030.

Nitin Gadkari, Union minister of Road Transport and Highways has welcomed this partnership which he believes will go a long way in reaffirming India’s significant strides in e-mobility.

“The partnership between Amazon India and Mahindra Electric is a welcome step which reaffirms India’s significant progress in the e-mobility industry, and highlights the role of auto-makers and e-commerce companies to achieve our environmental sustainability goals. We are confident that the government’s efforts to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the country, and steps taken towards setting up of infrastructure backed by policy measures will help more companies adopt e-mobility.”

~Nitin Gadkari, Union minister of Road Transport and Highways

The government’s focus on supporting the adoption of electric mobility, with awareness campaigns such as ‘Go Electric’, and steps taken to set up charging infrastructure with the FAME 2 policy, has helped the company accelerate and chart its vision for EVs in India, stated Amazon India.

“The expansion of our Electric Vehicle fleet to 10,000 vehicles by 2025 is an integral milestone in our journey to become a sustainability leader in the industry. We continue to work with several OEMs to build a fleet of ‘Made in India’ electric vehicles that ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders.”

~ Akhil Saxena, VP, Customer Fulfilment Operations, APAC, MENA & LATAM, Amazon

The e-commerce giant became one of the first signatories of the Climate Pledge, which states that the company will be a net zero carbon by 2040 across its businesses.

“We are proud to partner with Amazon in deploying Mahindra Treo Zor EV in their delivery partners’ fleet. We believe this will redefine India’s logistics and last-mile delivery needs and at the same time help Mahindra and Amazon to achieve our sustainability goals.”

~Mahesh Babu, managing director and chief executive, Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd

Earlier this month, Amazon India announced the commencement of its first manufacturing line in India for making Fire TV Stick devices. It will partner contract manufacturer Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn, and production will start later this year from Chennai.

In the past, it had 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.

Amazon India had earlier also pledged to invest $1 billion to digitise 10 million small and medium businesses, help Indian businesses sell worldwide, thereby enabling $10 billion in cumulative exports, and create an additional 1 million jobs by 2025.

Earlier in January, it had announced its plans to onboard 10K electric vehicles for its delivery facility by 2025.

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