Walmart-owned e-commerce company Flipkart said on Tuesday that it would transition its entire fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.
The move comes as the homegrown e-tailer thinks it could play a significant role in fast-tracking the adoption of EVs in the country.
Flipkart said it was committing to the global electric mobility initiative of non-profit Climate Group — EV100 — and will transition both its owned and leased fleets in a phased manner by the end of the decade.
“Our commitment to the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative ties in with this larger vision of environmental sustainability and allows us to learn from the most forward-thinking global perspectives as part of the EV100 ecosystem,” said Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group.
“With our scale and scope and intense focus on sustainability agenda, we believe we can play a significant role in not just fast-tracking the adoption of electric vehicles but also making clean mobility mainstream,” he added.
Flipkart said it would do this by placing requirements for using EVs in its service contracts, installing charging infrastructure close to its 1,400 supply chain premises and incentivising delivery executives to use electric vehicles.
Over the last year it has created a network of Original Equipment Manufacturers, charging infrastructure providers, aggregators and others, for manufacturing EVs optimised for e-commerce, the Bengaluru-based company said.
Last year, rival Amazon announced that it would induct 10,000 EVs into its delivery fleet by 2025, and have EVs operating in 20 cities including Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR and Hyderabad by this year.
Amazon said it was working with multiple OEMs to build three and four-wheeler EVs for its own use.