Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted a short video today announcing the launch of a fleet of electric delivery rickshaw for the Indian market. Making the announcement on Twitter, Bezos wrote: “Hello India. We are rolling out our new fleet of power supply rickshaws. Fully electric. Zero carbon. “
The video shows the founder of Amazon driving the rickshaw along with many other drivers. Towards the end of the video, we are shown an aerial view of the terrain where the fleet of electric vehicles forms a smiley symbol and a #ClimatePledge hashtag is displayed at the bottom. However, Amazon is far from the only player with a power supply fleet.
Flipkart electric vehicle fleet
Amazon isn’t the only e-commerce giant announcing the adoption of electric vehicles for its delivery fleet. In June last year, Flipkart had said its goal was to replace 40 percent of its delivery vans with electric vehicles by March 2020. The Walmart-owned company has already deployed electric vehicles in cities such as Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Amazon Electric Delivery Carts in India
Amazon India, the Indian arm of leading e-commerce store Amazon, announced on Monday that its fleet of delivery vehicles in the country will include 10,000 EVs (electric vehicles) by 2025. The company said the entire fleet consists of three vehicles. wheels and four-wheelers, all of which are designed and manufactured by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in India.
In a statement, the company said that it had piloted electric vehicles in several cities in India in 2019, and is now expanding this initiative across the country. In 2020, these vehicles will operate in more than 20 cities in India, including Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Coimbatore, the company said.
Amazon India’s announcement comes days after Jeff Bezos announced a $ 1 billion investment to digitize small and medium-sized businesses and create one million jobs by 2025.
Amazon’s climate commitment
These electric vehicles are in addition to the global commitment of a one lakh electric vehicle in the delivery fleet by 2030 announced in the Climate Pledge signed by Amazon. As part of the promise, Amazon announced its plans to introduce 10,000 electric vehicles to its delivery fleet globally in 2022 and one-lakh vehicles by 2030, saving four million metric tons of carbon per year by 2030.
Hello India. We are rolling out our new fleet of power supply rickshaws. Fully electric. Zero carbon. #ClimatePledge pic.twitter.com/qFXdZOsY4y
– Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 20, 2020
Amazon Vice President, Customer Fulfillment – APAC and Emerging Markets, Akhil Saxena, said the company will continue to invest in electrifying its delivery fleet, thereby reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources. In September last year, Amazon India announced its plan to phase out single-use plastic in its packaging from its distribution centers by June 2020.
Amazon drone delivery
Last year, Amazon introduced its new project, Amazon Prime Air, a delivery service “designed to get packages to customers safely in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones.” Drones use a combination of thermal cameras, depth cameras, and sonar to detect hazards to navigate around them.