Walmart-owned e-commerce giant Flipkart today announced that it will deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030, in line with the company’s commitment to transition to electric vehicles across its city logistics fleet in India. The company will also set up charging infrastructure around delivery hubs and offices to fast track the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in India. Flipkart has already started deploying 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler electric vehicles in multiple locations for delivery across the country, including in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati and Pune, to name a few.
Flipkart’s electric fleet will include 2-wheelers, 3-wheelers, and 4-wheelers vehicles designed and assembled in India, which will also help in boosting local innovation. Flipkart has partnered with leading electric vehicle manufacturers, including Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric, and Piaggio for specific vehicles to be deployed for its first and last mile delivery fleet across the country. Flipkart will also place requirements in service contracts, install charging infrastructure close to its 1,400 supply chain facilities, conduct awareness programs, and encourage delivery executives to use EVs.
Flipkart says it is strongly committed to environmental sustainability and has adopted a proactive and holistic approach towards conducting its business responsibly with optimum usage of natural resources. In this direction, Flipkart has, over the past year, worked towards creating a network of ecosystem partners across charging providers, skill development agencies, aggregators and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).
Flipkart’s Electric Vehicles Fleet
The Nyx series by Hero Electric: The Nyx series (in both HX and LX variants) from India’s largest electric two-wheeler company is rugged, reliable and long-lasting, offering enhanced power and extended driving range of up to 150 kilometers per charge. This is one of the most widely used scooters for last-mile deliveries and other commercial uses.
Treo Zor from Mahindra Electric: The electric 3-wheeler is designed and developed in India with advanced lithium-ion batteries and connected solutions that help in efficient fleet management. Treo Zor comes with 8W power and a best-in-class torque of 42 NM, highest-in-class payload of 550 kg, optimum range and the longest-in-industry wheelbase when compared with diesel and electric cargo 3 wheelers, making it one of the most stable and safe three-wheelers in the segment.
Ape’ E Xtra FX from Piaggio: This electric 3 wheeler is designed to be the most powerful in its category with advanced battery technology and superior customer experience.
As part of Flipkart’s commitment to following sustainable business practices across its value chain, the company has been driving several other initiatives over the years. These include reducing single-use plastic packaging in the supply chain. Flipkart’s waste management and energy efficiency practices, the increased use of renewable energy, and the recently achieved ISO 14001 certifications.