Flipkart is planning to replace about 40% of its current fleet of delivery vans with electric vehicles (EV) by March 2020, as part of the company’s contribution towards the environment.
The Bengaluru based company will start by moving 160 vans by 2019 end. Some of these EVs are already spotted in the country’s capital New Delhi.
The company has also expanded the operations to grow further to compete with the rival company Amazon Inc in India’s online sales market. After the $16 billion acquisition by Walmart, Flipkart plans to focus and maintain the excellent service.
First Ecommerce firm to utilize electric vehicles
Flipkart has resulted to be the first one amongst the big online firms to implement the electric vehicles; as an effort to fight the war of pollution.
Carbon footprint is one of the main issues which have resulted in severe climate changes. People are taking efforts to reduce the impact of the fuels affecting mother earth. The step taken by the company sets an excellent example for the citizens.
The company added that the electric delivery vehicles will cut the Flipkart’s carbon emission up to 50%.
Amitesh Jha, senior vice-president of Ekart and Marketplace at Flipkart, said in a statement, “These efforts will help us meaningfully contribute towards electric mobility… while bringing cost efficiencies for the business. In this process, we also hope to create an ecosystem for the adoption of electric mobility in India.”
The Ecommerce companies in India are also discussing further policies with their government. Earlier this week, e-commerce companies met India’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to talk about new foreign investments.
Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Group Chief Executive said, “We believe these small but meaningful steps in this direction will go a long way in paving the way for larger adoption of EVs in the country,”