Amazon to Add 10,000 Electric Rickshaws in India By 2025

By: | January 25th, 2020

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Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has announced plans to deploy 10,000 electric delivery rickshaws in India. It is a great environment friendly initiative. With this initiative, Amazon aims to reduce carbon emissions of its delivery operations.

The company will introduce both three and four-wheeler EVs designed and manufactured in India. Bezos recently tweeted a new video that shows Bezos and a few more drivers in action with the Amazon’s new all-electric delivery rickshaws.

Akhil Saxena, vice president, Customer Fulfillment-APAC & Emerging Markets, Amazon, said,  “At Amazon India, we are committed to building a supply chain that will minimize the environmental impact of our operations,”

“We will continue to invest in the electrification of our delivery fleet, thereby reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources.”

Amazon’s plan to add electric vehicles into its delivery fleet is part of the company’s five-year plan. It aims to create 1 million job opportunities and exporting goods worth $10 billion from small and medium businesses and manufacturers in India.

The India rollout of electric delivery vehicles comes after running successful pilots in several cities last year. Amazon plans to have its electric fleet operating in 20 cities across the country, within the year.

The company said in its press statement, “Amazon India has been working with several Indian OEMs to build a fleet of vehicles that ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders. Significant progress in the Indian e-mobility industry in the last few years has led to advanced technology, and superior motor and battery components. In addition, 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,”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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