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Amazon India announced its partnership with Mahindra Electric to help fulfil its commitment towards electric mobility in the country. The e-commerce brand had announced earlier that its fleet of delivery vehicles will include 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025 in India.
As a result, the company has commissioned over a hundred Mahindra Treo Zor vehicles in seven cities. This includes Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore and Lucknow. These EVs are in addition to the global commitment of 100,000 electric vehicles in the delivery fleet by 2030 announced in the Climate Pledge signed by Amazon.
The inclusion of these electric vehicles in Amazon India's fleet also complements the Government of India's focus on electric mobility and ‘Make in India' EVs for a sustainable AtmaNirbhar Bharat. Amazon became the first signatory of the Climate Pledge, which states that the company will be net-zero carbon by 2040 across its businesses.
Amazon's Climate Pledge commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040 has resulted in the company deploying 10,000 custom electric delivery vehicles which will be on the road delivering to customers worldwide as early as 2022 and all 1,00,000 units by 2030.
The Mahindra Treo Zor was launched in October 2020 and provides an advanced Lithium-ion Battery and ease of charging, making it easy for delivery partners to charge the vehicles in various locations. Mahindra Treo Zor has been designed and developed in India and offers the best-in-industry performance.
Additionally, it features drive by wire technology for a fatigue-free driving experience, reduced loading and unloading time and offers the longest-in-industry wheelbase making the overall extremely safe and stable.
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India said, "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 e-commerce companies to achieve our environmental sustainability goals."
He further added, "We are confident that the government's efforts to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the country and steps were taken towards setting up infrastructure backed by policy measures will help more companies adopt e-mobility. 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 a global leadership position in advanced mobility solutions."
Akhil Saxena, VP, Customer Fulfilment Operations, APAC, MENA & LATAM, Amazon said, "We are committed to building a supply chain that will minimize the environmental impact of our operations. 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."
Mahesh Babu, MD & CEO, Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd said, "We are proud to partner with Amazon in deploying Mahindra Treo Zor EV in their delivery partners' fleet. We believe, this will redefine India's logistics and last-mile delivery needs and at the same time help Mahindra and Amazon to achieve our sustainability goals. Treo Zor offers a unique customer value proposition with best-in-industry power of 8 kW, and a highest-in-class payload of 550 kg."
He further added, "We are happy that this made-in-India electric cargo will contribute towards Amazon's delivery partner fleet transformation towards EVs in the country. The success of our Treo range of three-wheelers has proved that electric vehicles in the last mile segment are a win-win solution for our customers as well as the larger society."
Thoughts About The Amazon India & Mahindra Electric Partners For Sustainable Mobility
Amazon India delivers over 1000s orders across the country every day. With the use of EVs for last-mile delivery, the company is sure to make an impact on the carbon footprint and reduce it by a substantial margin. The initiative by the brand will help keep the environment cleaner with the use of sustainable mobility.