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Flipkart pledges 100% transition to EVs by 2030; commits to Climate Group’s EV100 initiative

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on August 25, 2020 Published on August 25, 2020

EV100 brings together companies committed to accelerating the transition to EVs

Demonstrating a commitment to long-term sustainability across its e-commerce value chain, Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace today announced its commitment to transition to electric vehicles (EVs) by joining the Climate Group’s global electric mobility initiative, EV100.

EV100 brings together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to EVs and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.

As a part of this commitment and to support wider adoption of EVs, Flipkart is committing to a phased integration of EVs into its entire fleet (directly owned or leased corporate fleets) by 2030. This will be done by placing requirements in service contracts, installing charging infrastructure close to its 1,400 supply chain premises, conducting awareness programs and incentivising delivery executives towards the use of EVs. Evangelising EVs across the breadth of its ecosystem of employees, delivery partners and workers, Flipkart will spearhead the sector’s sustainability transformation, and support India’s ambition of ensuring 30 per cent electric mobility by 2030.

Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart Group, said, “As a homegrown company, we always pride ourselves in making e-commerce more inclusive, progressive and impactful for all our stakeholders, which also includes communities and the planet. We have been applying this ethos to the indigenous market to serve our consumers’ needs responsibly and consciously. 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. With our scale and scope and intense focus on the Sustainability agenda, we believe we can play a significant role in not just fast tracking the adoption of electric vehicles but also making clean mobility mainstream.”

Flipkart has a strong vision towards sustainability and has proactively and successfully adopted several sustainable practices across its business operations. Electrification of its entire logistics fleet is a key part of Flipkart’s larger sustainability goal and the EV100 commitment is in line with that. Over the past year, Flipkart has worked towards creating a wide network of ecosystem partners across charging providers, regulators, policy-makers, skill development agencies, aggregators and OEMs to work on various areas. These include designing and the manufacturing of EVs optimised for e-commerce while supporting market demand for EVs to emerge as a mainstream mobility solution.

Divya Sharma, India Executive Director, Climate Group, said, “The Climate Group is thrilled to see Flipkart signing up to EV100 and step up to lead the adoption of electric vehicles in the e-commerce sector in India. Flipkart will play a significant role in fostering innovation in technology and exchanging knowledge on e-mobility within our global network of committed businesses. To help make swift emissions cuts and improve air quality for the long term, we urge more Indian companies to follow suit, sending a powerful signal of support to policy-makers wishing to see a faster roll-out of EVs.”

As the first e-commerce player in India to join the globally recognised EV100 initiative, Flipkart is uniquely placed to further EV100’s goal of catalysing corporate leadership for the uptake of EVs in India. This will also be an opportunity to learn from over 70 forward-looking companies from across the globe, committed to accelerating the transition to EVs.

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Published on August 25, 2020
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