Walmart-owned Flipkart has partnered with Mahindra Logistics to accelerate use of electric vehicles in last-mile delivery and will deploy over 25,000 EVs in the fleet by 2030, according to a regulatory filing.
The Mahindra Group’s logistics arm has already launched an electric last-mile delivery service – EDEL – in six cities and has partnered with companies in consumer and e-commerce space to provide such services. Mahindra Logistics will play an important role in working with various original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and help Flipkart’s sustainable transition to EVs, as per the filing.
Additionally, the company’s partnership with Mahindra Logistics EDEL will propel this momentum and help in deployment at a national scale, further enhanced by infrastructure and technology support that spans charging, tracking, asset, safety, and cost, it said.
EDEL’s robust multi-city presence across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, and Hyderabad, with a plan to cover the top 20 cities by year-end, will help facilitate a seamless and phased transition to EVs for Flipkart’s pan-India supply chain, according to the filing.
Mahindra Logistics through EDEL will enable Flipkart in its journey towards building a green supply chain by building supporting infrastructure and technology such as charging stations and parking lots, training workforce, route planning and battery swapping stations in the near future, it said. Another key focus area will be technology and control tower operations to enable greater efficiency and cost competitiveness said the filing.