An Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider Amazon India plans to deploy 10,000 electric vehicles in its fleet by 2025, but did not say how many of these vehicles are now in service. This commitment comes after running successful tests across different cities in 2019 which have helped the company to create long term EV variants to build this large fleet.
Amazon has rolled out its fleet of electric delivery vehicles in India.
CEO Jeff Bezos announced the plan at the end of a three-day visit to India, during which he also proposed important announcements, including major expansion and investment plans in the country.
In India, where the government has fast-tracked EVs and their numbers have increased manifold, the primary first movers have been fleet owners like Ola Cabs and Amazon.
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In September past year, the company announced its plan to remove single-use plastics in its packaging from Amazon India's fulfillment centers by June 2020, among other things, to reduce packaging waste.
"The fleet of 10,000 EVs - including three-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles - has been designed and manufactured by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in India", Amazon noted in its statement.
Bezos made the announced the same in a Twitter video on Monday, which shows a full fleet of electric rickshaws that will be used by the company for order deliveries. "Significant progress in the Indian e-mobility industry in the last few years has led to advanced technology, and superior motor and battery components". Also, Amazon India has also invested in energy conservation, solar power generation and water conservation methods in its Fulfillment Centers and Sort Center, to make the operations more sustainable. But the trip of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos didn't turn out quite the way he expected. "We will continue to invest in the electrification of our delivery fleet, thereby reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources".