In its commitment to Climate Pledge, the ecommerce giant Amazon announced induction of around 10,000 electric vehicles to the Indian market by 2025.
Towards this project of building sustainable Electric Vehicles (EVs), the company conducted successful pilot projects across different Indian cities in 2019.
“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 said in its official release.
With this initiative, Amazon India aims to contribute to the efforts to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact caused by delivery operations.
“In 2020, these vehicles will operate in over 20 cities of India – Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Coimbatore to name a few, and this number will continue to grow,” Amazon India said.
The company has been working with Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to build a fleet of EVs supporting sustainable and secure delivery of customer orders.
“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,” says Akhil Saxena, Vice President, Customer Fulfilment – APAC & Emerging Markets, Amazon.
The company took a different style to announce this initiative, where CEO Jeff Bezos was seen himself riding the electric auto rickshaw with Amazon logo, along with a batch of similar vehicles following him.
Bezos shared this promotional video across his social media channels!
Amazon India’s Other Sustainable Initiatives include:
- Removal of single-use plastic across its Indian fulfilment centers by June 2020
- Plastic dunnage across fulfillment centers replaced with 100% recyclable paper cushions
- Making all packaging material biodegradable
- Expansion of Packaging Free Shipment across 19 Indian cities
- Produced close to 1 MW solar power for its buildings’ operations, besides making 8 fulfilment centers and 2 sortation centers fully solar-powered
Look at these initiatives, it’s of no doubt that Amazon India is planning on a grand scale targeting the Indian market.