“IBEF: August 26, 2020
Flipkart, Walmart-owned e-commerce firm, has pledged to transition to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030 across its e-commerce value chain by partnering with Climate Group’s global electric mobility initiative, EV100.
The company is working together with environment-friendly companies towards accelerating the transition to EVs and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.
“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 Mr Kalyan Krishnamurthy, chief executive officer, Flipkart.
The company plans to add electric vehicles into its entire fleet over a 10-year period by placing requirements in service contracts signed with EV suppliers, installing charging infrastructure close to its 1,400-supply-chain premises, conducting awareness programmes and incentivizing delivery executives towards the use of EVs.
It will, thus, be leading the e-commerce sector’s sustainability transformation, and support India’s ambition of ensuring 30 per cent electric mobility by 2030. “Sustainability is a key pillar for Flipkart… we have already deployed EVs in Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Bhubaneswar. Pilots have been successfully conducted in Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Lucknow and deployment will begin in September,”” said Mr Mahesh Pratap Singh, head-sustainability and social responsibility, Flipkart.”