Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that Amazon will deploy 10,000 electric auto-rickshaws for deliveries in India. Jeff Bezos came to India last week and made several announcements which include the company’s focus to reduce single-use plastic in India by June 2020.
Mr Bezos introduced the electric fleet through a video of himself driving the e-auto rickshaws along with other drivers.
Last year, Amazon added to its fleet close to 200 new CNG vehicles across North India that was expected to reduce carbon footprint by around 91 metric tons a month. The company also had around 150 vehicles in its electric fleet then.
Amazon has been implementing different methods to bring down carbon emissions around the world. In India, Amazon’s operations team has installed solar arrays on buildings since 2017 and scaled up the solar output. Eight facilities Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Mumbai have a total of more than 8 megawatts of solar capacity installed. Many of Amazon’s fulfilment centres collect and recycle water with rainwater collection tanks or recharge wells, which direct water back into aquifers, and in-house sewage treatment plants.
This isn’t the first time a retail major in India has inducted electric vehicles into its fleet. In 2018, IKEA partnered with Gayam Motor Works to deploy electric auto-rickshaws for home deliveries in Hyderabad. IKEA is planning to convert its fleet to completely electric by 2023.
Grocery e-retailer BigBasket has announced that it will increase EVs in its fleet to 1,000 electric vans and 2,000 electric bikes in 2020. The company, which currently has 150 electric vans and 50 electric bikes, first introduced EVs in 2016 with the Mahindra e-Supro for its last-mile delivery operations in Delhi-NCR.
Recently, another online grocery retailer, Grofers has announced that it will add 500 electric vehicles to its delivery fleet while e-commerce major Flipkart has said that it will convert 40% of its delivery fleet to electric by March 2020.