E-commerce giant Amazon India said on Monday that 10,000 electric vehicles will be included in the delivery fleet by 2025.
“The fleet of 10,000 EVs – including three-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles – has been designed and manufactured by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in India,” Amazon noted in its statement.
The government’s focus to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the country, and steps towards setting up of charging infrastructure with the FAME 2 policy has helped the company accelerate and chart its vision for EVs in India, it added.
Flipkart had also said last year that it aims to replace 40% of its delivery vans with electric vehicles (EVs).
“At Amazon India, we are committed to building a supply chain that will minimise the environmental impact of our operations,” Amazon Vice President Akhil Saxena said.
The company will continue to invest in electrification of its delivery fleet, thereby reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources, he added.
Amazon, in a statement, also said that it is now planning to expand the EV initiative across the country.
The initiative is in addition to the global commitment of one lakh EVs in the delivery fleet by 2030 announced in the Climate Pledge signed by Amazon.
The comes soon after Amazon announced plans to invest one billion dollars (about Rs 7,092 crore) to digitally enable micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and traders across India including manufacturers, resellers, local offline shops and brands.
The micro, small and medium-size businesses selling on Amazon.in are located across the country including tier 2 and 3 cities where they are generating jobs and transforming the retail landscape of the country.
In 2019, Amazon India had announced its plan to eliminate single-use plastic in its packaging from its fulfilment centres by 2020.