Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart will replace its 40% delivery vans with 160 electric vans (EVs), in a move to cut down on its carbon footprint. It will likely happen by March 2020. The move will help Flipkart cut its carbon emissions by over 50 percent. According to a report, some EVs are already plying in New Delhi. The Bengaluru-based e-commerce company said it’s in talks with local partners regarding some concepts to design the EVs which will support the growing industry.
Last year, Flipkart was acquired by the American multinational corporation Walmart for $16 billion and thus the firm has expanded a lot of its operation to take on its rival Amazon in the sales market.
Amitesh Jha, senior vice-president of Ekart and Marketplace, Flipkart said, “These efforts will help us meaningfully contribute towards electric mobility while bringing cost efficiencies for the business. In this process, we also hope to create an ecosystem for the adoption of electric mobility in India.”
Last week, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal met with Flipkart and other e-commerce companies to discuss the new foreign investment rules and to comply with them. Kalyan Krishnamurthy, the CEO, said, “We believe these small but meaningful steps in this direction will go a long way in paving the way for larger adoption of EVs in the country.”