Amazon teams up with Mahindra Electric to strengthen electric mobility in India
Pushing ahead with its commitment to strengthen its electric vehicle (EV) fleet across the growing market of India, the local arm of American e-commerce giant Amazon Incorporated has teamed up with Mahindra Electric.
As part of the partnership accord, Amazon India has deployed Mahindra’s Treo Zor EVs in more than half a dozen cities, including Ahmedabad, Bhopal, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore and Lucknow, to deliver its products to the doorsteps of its customers.
In September 2019, the e-commerce giant became one of the first companies to sign the Climate Pledge, under which the signatories pledge that they become a net zero carbon emission entity by the end of 2040.
Its partnership deal with Mahindra Electric shows its commitment to strengthen electric mobility in the Asian country, as it aims to add at least 10,000 EVs in its Indian delivery fleet by year of 2025. The addition of 10,000 EVs in its Indian delivery fleet by 2025 is a step closer to the company’s aim to have at least 100,000 EVs in its global delivery fleet by the end of current decade (2030).
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of road transport & highways, welcomed the Amazon-Mahindra Electric partnership. He said that the partnership reaffirmed the country’s significant progress in the e-mobility industry, and stressed that efforts made by the government to encourage the adoption of EVs would help more entities adopt e-mobility.
Commenting on the Amazon-Mahindra Electric partnership, Gadkari said, “The partnership between Amazon India and Mahindra Electric is a welcome step which reaffirms India’s significant progress in the e-mobility industry… We are confident that the government’s efforts and policy measures will help more companies adopt e-mobility.”
The union minister further added that the e-commerce giant’s decision to add thousands of EVs to fleet highlighted the role of companies to achieve the country’s environmental sustainability goals.
Akhil Saxena, Vice President for Amazon APAC, MENA & LATAM Customer Fulfillment Operations, said the addition of EVs to the company’s Indian fleet was an integral milestone in the company’s journey to become a sustainability leader in the entire industry. He added that the e-commerce service provider would continue to work with numerous OEMs to build a fleet of ‘Made in India’ EVs to ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders.
Flipkart, an e-commerce rival to Amazon, last year pledged to convert its entire Indian delivery fleet to electric by the end of 2030.