Walmart’s e-commerce marketplace Flipkart has announced plans to deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.
The commitment is part of the retailer’s plan to shift to EVs across its city logistics fleet.
The development comes a day after rival Amazon deployed Mahindra’s Treo Zor vehicles in seven Indian cities to enhance its e-mobility commitment.
Flipkart partnered with various EV manufacturers including Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric and Piaggio to develop specific vehicles for its first and last-mile delivery fleet across the country.
The electric fleet will include the two-wheeler Nyx series developed by Hero Electric, the electric three-wheeler Treo Zor designed and developed in India by Mahindra Electric and the three-wheeler Ape’ E Xtra FX from Piaggio.
Furthermore, Flipkart will help in setting up charging infrastructure around delivery hubs and offices to accelerate the adoption of EVs.
Flipkart Ekart and marketplace SVP Amitesh Jha said: “Electric mobility can benefit multiple ecosystem stakeholders, not just in e-commerce but in many other industries. Electrification of the logistics fleet is a key part of Flipkart’s larger sustainability goal and in line with our commitment to the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.
“In this journey of making our logistics fleet completely electric by 2030, we will collaborate and work with leading local players to procure and deploy Electric Vehicles while supporting the required infrastructure growth.
“We understand the relevance of electric mobility in achieving both business and sustainability goals and are committed to paving the way for greater adoption of EVs across the country.”
Flipkart has already commenced deploying two-wheeler and three-wheeler EVs in various Indian cities including Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati and Pune.