Sustainability is one of the top priority for manufacturers at present and among them is also Mrs. Bectors Food Specialities Ltd., the manufacturers of Cremica and English Oven products). In their efforts to decarbonise their supply chain, they’ve partnered with Maersk to deploy electric vehicles (EVs) in their last mile fleet operating in Delhi NCR. The initiative starts with 5 vehicles and is supposed to expand with time.
“Despite the appearance of simplicity, running milk runs early in the morning requires a lot of detail to ensure they are done properly the first time, every day, every time. It was accomplished through cross-functional coordination and unwavering dedication. As we embark on the journey of “Decarbonising logistics,” I am gratified to be a part of it.”Ishaan Bector, Director, Mrs. Bectors Food Specialities Ltd.(Cremica and English Oven).
Bector mentioned in his LinkedIn post that the EVs deployed for them by Maersk have covered more than 18000 kms.
The electric delivery vehicles start their day around 4am and reach around 25-30 retailers, larger customers and dark stores, to deliver bread across Delhi NCR. Bector said that by partnering with Maersk, as an organisation they strive to become increasingly sustainable at the factory level, last mile level as well as beyond that.
“With the deployment of the electric vehicles we are also creating a charging infrastructure.”Jitendra Kapoor, Head Surface Transportation, Maersk South Asia
Kapoor also mentioned that operating EVs is different than operating conventional trucks which run on fossil fuels – in terms of even the basics. In order to stretch the mileage of these EVs to the maximum, they’re also training drivers, which will be beneficial in the long run.
Presently, an appropriate charging infrastructure is missing from the entire sustainable ecosystem. In that direction, as Maersk deploys EVs for Mrs. Bectors, they are also creating charging infrastructure in the capital. Maersk plans to convert all their B2B deployment into EVs by 2030.
Few months ago, Maersk Global CEO Søren Skou unveiled their commercial EVs which were a part of the strategy towards decarbonising the B2B connections, that will contribute to the larger ambition of becoming net zero by 2040. At that time Kapoor mentioned that the fast charging EV fleet would be launched in a phased manner across India, to support B2B middle and last mile distribution.