Amazon India partners with Mahindra Electric to deploy EV delivery fleet

Amazon India partners with Mahindra Electric to deploy EV delivery fleet
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23 Feb, 2021

Ecommerce giant Amazon India has partnered with Mahindra Electric to deploy the latter's three-wheeler electric vehicle (EV), Treo Zor, in its delivery fleet in India. 

The vehicles have been provided to Amazon delivery service executives in Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore and Lucknow, a statement said.

Amazon had in January last year announced that its delivery fleet in India will include at least 10,000 EVs by 2025, and that the vehicles would be designed and manufactured by OEMs in the country.

The deployment of these EVs is in addition to the company’s Climate Pledge commitment of having 1,00,000 electric vehicles in its global delivery fleet by 2030.

“Clean mobility, powered by clean energy, is an important element in the action to prevent climate change. The partnership between Amazon India and Mahindra Electric is a welcome step that reaffirms India’s significant progress in the e-mobility industry, and highlights the role of automakers and ecommerce companies to achieve our environmental sustainability goals,” Nitin Gadkari, union minister of road transport and highways, micro, small and medium enterprises, said in a statement.

“India’s dynamic public-and private-sector leadership, entrepreneurial culture, ability to build world-class infrastructure, and a unique confluence of IT and manufacturing skills will enable us to take global leadership positions in advanced mobility solutions,” he said.

“The expansion of our electric vehicle fleet to 10,000 vehicles by 2025 is an integral milestone in our journey to become a sustainability leader in the industry. We continue to work with several OEMs to build a fleet of ‘Made in India’ electric vehicles that ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders, and this partnership with Mahindra Electric is a testament of our commitment,” Akhil Saxena, vice president of customer fulfilment operations in APAC, MENA and LATAM regions for Amazon, said.

In September 2019, Amazon became the first signatory of the Climate Pledge, which states that the company will be net zero carbon by 2040 across its businesses – a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.

Mahindra Treo Zor was launched in October 2020 and provides an advanced Lithium-ion battery and offers easy charging options for delivery partners. 

“Treo Zor offers a unique customer value proposition with best-in-industry power of 8 KW, and highest-in-class payload of 550 kg. We are happy that this Made-in-India electric cargo will contribute towards Amazon’s delivery partner fleet transformation towards EVs in the country,” Mahesh Babu, managing director and CEO, Mahindra Electric Mobility, said.