The logistics arm of Flipkart Ekart said it will replace nearly 40% of its last-mile delivery fleet with electric vehicles (EVs) over the next nine months. The company is also setting up charging infrastructure at its hubs and expects these initiatives to cut carbon emissions by over 50%.
Flipkart has currently deployed eight electric vans in Hyderabad, 10 in New Delhi and 30 e-bikes in Bengaluru. Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors are two leading manufacturers of electric vans. EVs will help cut costs, Electric freight mobility will play a key role in building a robust supply chain for the future and reduce the brand’s dependence on conventional power sources.
Grocery retailer BigBasket uses electric vehicles for deliveries in Hyderabad and Delhi-NCR, and solar power in seven warehouses across Bengaluru, Gurugram and Chennai. Food delivery app Swiggy too does more than 1.5 million deliveries a month on cycles.