Flipkart electrifies fleet

India’s Flipkart has announced plans to make 40% of its delivery fleet electric by March 2020. Thanks to high pollution levels in most of India’s cities the government is pushing to getting electric vehicles on the road to combat it.

Local media reports say that the Walmart owned delivery company has been piloting the use of EV delivery vehicles in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The company’s President, Amitesh Jha has said that Flipkart aims to reduce their carbon emissions by 50%. The firm has ordered 160 electric vans to be on the road by the end of the year.

As well as the vehicles themselves, Flipkart has had to invest in charging infrastructure for its changing fleet. As a whole, India is known to be one of the slowest countries in reducing its emissions but delivery companies, that make a significant contribution to vehicle carbon emissions, making the move is a sign of large scale change just around the corner.

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