India’s Flipkart announced on Wednesday that it will have more than 25,000 electric vehicles in its supply chain by 2030, as Walmart’s own e-commerce giant aims to achieve a 100% transition to electric mobility in the next 10 years.
Headquartered in Bangalore, the company has partnered with leading EV manufacturers such as Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric and Piaggio to build vehicles for its first and last mile delivery fleets across the country.
The announcement comes a day after rival Amazon announced it had partnered with Mahindra Electric to develop “nearly a hundred” electric tricycles in India. The American e-commerce giant pledged last year to deploy 10,000 electric vehicles in the country by 2025.
Flipkart said its electric fleet will include two-wheel, three-wheel and four-wheel vehicles, all of which are designed and assembled in India. The company announced that it has already started using two-wheel and three-wheel electric vehicles in “multiple locations” in India, including Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Guwahati.
In recent years, New Delhi has tried to replace gasoline and diesel vehicles in India with environmentally friendly electric vehicles. Reuters reported in 2019 that the Indian government planned to order hail shipping companies like Ola and Uber to convert 40% of their fleets to electric by April 2026.
“Electrifying the logistics fleet is an integral part of Flipkart’s larger sustainability goal and is in line with our commitment to the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative,” said Amitesh Jha, SVP of Ekart and Marketplace at Flipkart, in a statement.
“On this path to make our logistics fleet fully electric by 2030, we will work with leading local players to source and deploy electric vehicles while supporting the necessary infrastructure growth. We understand the importance of electric mobility in achieving business and sustainability goals, and we are committed to paving the way for greater acceptance of electric vehicles across the country, ”he added.
The company has worked over the past year to build a network of ecosystem partners between fee providers, skill development agencies, aggregators, and original equipment manufacturers.
The company, which is expected to be publicly listed later this year, has identified three models that will be included in its electric vehicle fleet: Hero Electric’s Nyx series, which offers extended range of up to 150 kilometers per charge; Mahindra Electric’s Treo Zor with “Premium Payload of 550 kg (1,212.5 pounds)”; and Ape ‘E Xtra FX from Piaggio.