Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has recently announced to completely transition its fleet into electric vehicles (EVs) as an approach towards its commitment for a greener tomorrow.
Flipkart has joined global firms in their sustainability pledge and will be making a complete switch to electric vehicle across its supply chain by 2030.
The company over the next 10 years, will integrate electric vehicles in a phased manner in its entire fleet (directly owned or leased corporate fleets) including the last mile delivery.
Flipkart has been working with design and manufacturing partners to procure EV that are optimized for e-commerce deliveries. Further, it plans to install charging infrastructure close to its 1,400 supply chain hubs and incentivising delivery executives towards the use of electric vehicles.
“Our commitment to the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative ties in with this larger vision of environmental sustainability and allows us to learn from the most forward-thinking global perspectives as part of the EV100 ecosystem.”~ Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart Group
As part of its EV100 ecosystem, the company has already deployed EVs in cities such as Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Bhubaneshwar. Now, it will also start deploying EVs in cities such as Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Lucknow.
In June last year, Ekart, the delivery arm of the Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, had announced that it will replace nearly 40% of its delivery fleet with electric vehicles by March 2020. There has been, however, no official statement on whether they had achieved this goal.
The company also informed that over the past year, it has been working towards creating a wide network of ecosystem partners across charging providers, regulators, policy makers, skill development agencies, aggregators and OEMs to work on various areas to enable adoption of electric mobility.