Bengaluru-based e-commerce major Flipkart has announced nation-wide plans to introduce Electric Vehicles (EVs) for its last mile deliveries in a phased manner. The announcement comes as a part of Flipkartâ€™s sustainability commitment as it aims to reinvigorate efforts towards building technologies for solving crucial environment and civic issues.
The aim is to replace nearly 40% of its existing last mile fleet of delivery vans with EVs by March 2020, starting with nearly 160 E-Vans to be deployed across cities by the end of 2019. Flipkart will also be working closely with the various manufacturers in this field to get the right designs suitable for e-commerce deliveries.
In the last 6 months, Flipkart conducted multiple pilots for EV deployment in its supply chain and claims to have witnessed impressive performance results. It is also setting up the necessary charging infrastructure at its hubs in order for it to be able to deploy EVs at large scale and ensure their seamless operations. These efforts will also help in reducing our carbon emissions by over 50%. At present, Flipkart has already deployed 8 EVs in Hyderabad, 10 in New Delhi and 30 e-bikes in Bengaluru.
Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Group CEO, Flipkart said that the companyâ€™s vision is to contribute towards clean and sustainable mobility. Flipkartâ€™s team is working with local ecosystem partners to help them co-design concepts for electric vehicles best suited for the growing e-commerce industry.
â€śThe induction of EVs across our supply chain is one of the major steps towards sustainability. We see tremendous growth opportunity in electric freight mobility from a greener supply chain perspective, which will play a key role in building a robust supply chain for the future. These efforts will help us meaningfully contribute towards electric mobility by reducing our dependence on conventional power sources, while bringing cost efficiencies for the business. In this process, we also hope to create an ecosystem for adoption of electric mobility in India,â€ť said Amitesh Jha, Senior Vice-President, Ekart and Marketplace at Flipkart.