Flipkart ties up with Mahindra Logistics for EV delivery service

Flipkart ties up with Mahindra Logistics for EV delivery service
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6 Apr, 2021

In line with its commitment to have 100% electric mobility in logistics fleet by 2030, ecommerce giant Flipkart has tied up with Mahindra Logistics for EDEL, an electric last-mile cargo delivery service. 

The Walmart backed company aims to deploy 25,000 electric vehicles over the next decade and is also working directly with OEMs including Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric and Piaggio. 

Mahindra Logistics’ EDEL will help Flipkart build supporting infrastructure and technology such as charging stations and parking lots, training workforce, route planning and even battery swapping stations in the near future. Another key focus area will be technology and control tower operations to enable greater efficiency and cost competitiveness. 

Launched in January this year, EDEL plans to scale to 1000 EV and begin operations across six major cities, includes Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata. 

EDEL currently has a multi-city presence across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, and Hyderabad, with a plan to cover the top 20 cities by year-end. This will help facilitate a seamless and phased transition to EVs for Flipkart’s pan-India supply chain. 

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“Electrification of the logistics fleet is an important part of Flipkart’s larger sustainability goal and a key focus area for the company. We are happy to have Mahindra Logistics on-board as a logistics partner, who will play a major role in helping us achieve our vision of making our logistics fleet fully electric by 2030. Through collective efforts, we aim to build and support solutions that boost EV adoption across the country and gradually make a 100% transition to EVs in our logistics fleet,” Hemant Badri, SVP supply chain, Flipkart Group, said in a statement. 

In February, Amazon had also announced its partnership with Mahindra Electric for its Treo Zor 3-wheeler EVs. The e-commerce major is targeting a delivery fleet of 10,000 EVs in its supply by 2025, most of which it plans to source from Indian OEMs.