Flipkart and Mahindra Logistics’ EDEL have announced a partnership in which the e-commerce giant will use electric vehicles (EVs) in last-mile deliveries. In order to achieve 100% electric mobility, Flipkart will also deploy more than 25,000 EVs in its fleet by 2030. Last-mile delivery is the last step in any delivery process, during which the package is transferred from the transportation hub to the final destination, such as a personal residence or retail store. Mahindra Logistics launched its electric delivery brand EDEL in six cities in India in the second half of last year. EDEL will not only help Flipkart make the last mile delivery, but will also provide sufficient infrastructure to make full use of the deployment and operation of electric vehicles across the country. Mahindra Logistics has cooperated with a number of OEMs to provide logistics services.
Flipkart announced their partnership in a press release. He said that Mahindra Logistics will use EDEL to help provide charging stations and parking lots for e-commerce platforms in the future, training labor, route planning and battery exchange stations.
“The electrification of the logistics fleet is an important part of Flipkart’s larger sustainability goals and a key focus area for the company,” said Hemant Badri, senior vice president of supply chain at Flipkart. “We are very pleased that Mahindra Logistics has become a logistics partner. It will play an important role in helping us realize our vision of making our logistics fleet fully electric by 2030.” Flipkart has already partnered with Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric and Piaggio. Two-wheel and three-wheel electric vehicles have been introduced into its supply chain. It also works closely with the company’s R&D team to develop electric vehicles by helping them make customized vehicles for the e-commerce industry.
Rampraveen Swaminathan, CEO of Mahindra Logistics, commented on this: “EV-based last mile delivery service EDEL is in line with this and provides customers with a sustainable, cost-competitive and technically supported last mile delivery. Solution. Our focus is to expand our network on the basis of in-depth cooperation with large corporate customers.” The electric vehicles developed by EDEL have a wider range and greater load capacity, comparable to internal combustion engines.
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