Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, today announced plans to deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030. This is in line with Flipkart's plan to transition to EVs across its city logistics fleet and help setup charging infrastructure around delivery hubs and offices to fast-track the adoption of EVs in India.
- Flipkart has already begun deploying EVs in its delivery fleet in major cities
- Also plans to install charging infrastructure at its supply chain facilities
Flipkart says it has already started deploying two- and three-wheeler EVs in multiple locations for delivery in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati and Pune, to name a few. The company has partnered with Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric and Piaggio for specific vehicles to be deployed for its first- and last-mile delivery fleets across the country.
The e-commerce player 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 EVs.
Flipkart and Hero Electric tie-up
Flipkart will use Hero Electric’s Nyx series (HX and LX variants) scooters, which offer a range of up to 150km per charge. These vehicles have already been deployed through Flipkart’s logistics deployment partner in multiple cities across India. According to Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric, “The partnership with Flipkart is a game-changer and will help transform a significant number of their fleet to EVs and encourage the e-commerce industry to actively adopt EV.”
Flipkart and Mahindra Electric tie-up
Mahindra Electric will supply the Treo Zor, which offers a power output of 11hp from its electric motor along with 42Nm of torque. It has a payload of 550kg, and has one of the longest wheelbases in its segment when compared to other diesel and electric cargo three-wheelers. Mahesh Babu, MD and CEO, Mahindra Electric Mobility, said, “We are happy to see that Flipkart has quickly adopted EVs in its fleet. Together, we are committed to providing a clean, sustainable and affordable last-mile delivery solution with our Treo Zor across the country.”
Flipkart and Piaggio tie-up
From Piaggio, Flipkart will acquire the Ape’ E Xtra FX, which is designed to be the most powerful in its category, producing 13hp of power from its electric motor. It also gets feature like hill-hold assist, regenerative braking, a multi-information instrument cluster and boost mode, to name a few. Speaking on the association, Diego Graffi, chairman and MD, Piaggio Vehicles said, “The Piaggio Group has a rich heritage of developing electric technology over the last one-and-a-half decades, and we are happy to partner with Flipkart in its journey to transition to electric mobility.”