Walmart-owned e-commerce marketplace Flipkart will deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by the year 2030 for facilitating deliveries of online orders, following its commitment to fast-track their adoption in the country. For the same initiative, Flipkart has partnered with leading electric vehicle manufacturers including Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric, as well as Piaggio for the specific vehicles to be deployed for its first and last-mile delivery fleet across the country. The move comes after Amazon India tied up with Mahindra Electric to power its online deliveries.
Flipkart has already started deploying two-wheeler and three-wheeler electric vehicles in multiple locations for delivery across the country, including in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, and Pune. Apart from transitioning to electric vehicles across its logistics fleet, it will help in setting up charging infrastructure around the company's delivery hubs and offices.
The company's electric fleet will include two-wheeler, three-wheeler, as well as four-wheeler vehicles designed and assembled in the country, which will provide a boost to the local innovation and economy.
According to Flipkart, the company will also place requirements in service contracts, install charging infrastructure close to its 1,400 supply chain facilities, conduct awareness programmes, and encourage delivery executives to use electric vehicles.