Walmart’s Flipkart to deploy over 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030

Walmart’s Flipkart to deploy over 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030

On Wednesday, online retailer Flipkart said that the company plans to have a fleet of more than 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030. The announcement was made with an aim to change its entire logistics fleet across cities to green energy vehicles.

Walmart-owned e-commerce marketplace Flipkart plans to expand their Electric fleet for facilitating deliveries of online orders, following its commitment to fast-track their adoption in the country. The company also plans to create charging infrastructure at its delivery hubs and offices. According to a senior company executive, the company has started deploying 450 Electric Vehicles (EV’s) in several cities.  The EV’s will comprise of both two and three-wheelers.

Flipkart’s Electric fleet will consist of two-wheeled, three-wheeled, and four-wheeled vehicles. They will be designed and assembled in India and will provide boost to the local innovation and economy. The company joined hands with leading electric vehicle manufacturers such as Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric, and Piaggio to make customized vehicles. Flipkart’s step came after Amazon India partnered with Mahindra Electric to power its online deliveries.

Mahesh Pratap Singh, Flipkart’s head of sustainability and social responsibility said, “The journey started a couple of years ago with early EV deployment. We have 450 EVs already and will add another 1,000 EVs by this year-end.”

He further added, “To fulfil our commitment, we need strategic partners and are tying up with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to co-create solutions. We will add four-wheelers at a later date primarily for use cases in grocery and furniture, for their volumetric profile and weight.” 

The Bengaluru-based firm had planned to develop charging infrastructure at nearly 1,400 supply chain centres.

Over the past year, Flipkart has constantly worked towards creating a network of ecosystem partners across charging providers, skill development agencies, aggregators, and vehicle manufacturers.

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