Amazon India on Monday said its fleet of delivery vehicles in the country will include 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025.
The move follows successful pilots across different cities last year, learnings from which have helped Amazon India create scalable and long-term EV variants to build this fleet, the online retailer said.
These EVs are in addition to the global commitment of 100,000 electric vehicles in the delivery fleet by 2030, announced in the Climate Pledge signed by Amazon. Amazon India aims to reduce carbon emissions and the environmental impact of delivery operations with the introduction of the electric vehicles.
The fleet of 10,000 EVs will include 3- and 4-wheeler vehicles that have been designed and manufactured in India. This year, these vehicles will operate in over 20 cities including Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, and Coimbatore.
Amazon India has been working with several Indian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to build a fleet of vehicles that ensures sustainable and safe deliveries of orders, the company said.
Akhil Saxena, vice president, customer fulfillment - APAC and Emerging Markets at Amazon, said, “At Amazon India, we are committed to building a supply chain that will minimize the environmental impact of our operations. The expansion of our Electric Vehicle fleet to 10,000 vehicles by 2025 is an integral milestone in our journey to become an energy efficient leader in the industry. We will continue to invest in the electrification of our delivery fleet, thereby reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources."
In September, last year, the company announced its plan to eliminate single-use plastic in its packaging from Amazon India’s Fulfilment Centers by June 2020, among other initiatives to reduce packaging waste. Amazon India has also invested in energy conservation and solar power generation in its Fulfilment Centers and Sort centers, the statement added.
Last week, Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, during his three-day visit to India, said the company would invest an incremental $1 billion to digitise micro and small businesses in India.