Walmart-owned Flipkart pledges a 100% transition to EVs by 2030 by partnering with Climate Group’s global electric mobility initiative, EV100.
India’s homegrown E-commerce behemoth commits to Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.
With an eye on long-term logistics sustainability, Walmart-owned Flipkart has committed to a phased integration of Electric Vehicles (EVs) into its delivery fleet by 2030.
Flipkart is the first E-commerce company in India to commit to a complete transition to an EV fleet by joining the Climate Group’s global electric mobility initiative, EV100.
EV100 is a global initiative bringing together forward looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.
The E-commerce giant plans to incorporate this vision by placing requirements in its service contracts, installing the required charging infrastructure across its 1,400 supply chain premises, conducting awareness programs, and incentivizing delivery executives for using EVs.
In a statement, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO of Flipkart Group, said, “As a homegrown company, we always pride ourselves in making e-commerce more inclusive, progressive and impactful for all our stakeholders, which also includes communities and the planet. We have been applying this ethos to the indigenous market to serve our consumers’ needs responsibly and consciously. 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. With our scale and scope and intense focus on the 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.”
This move by Flipkart joins the ranks of Cainiao, the logistics arm of China’s E-commerce major Alibaba, which had launched an ambitious green initiative called Alibaba Green Logistics 2020 to improve material recycling, packaging, route planning, and delivery methods to move toward a cleaner and greener future.
According to the Charging Ahead on Electric Vehicles:2020 EV100 Progress and Insights Report by The Climate Group, “Corporate and leasing fleet commitments will see the roll-out of more than 2.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030 – saving 42 million metric tons CO2e, the annual emissions of 11 coal power plants. Companies are making good progress toward their goals and have already rolled out more than 80,000 EVs and nearly 10,000 charge points for employees and customers.”
Flipkart has already started using EVs in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, and Jaipur. The company is expected to deploy EVs in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune. Flipkart has also reduced its single-use plastic in packaging by 25% and has committed to moving towards 100% recycled plastic consumption across its supply chain by March 2021.
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