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Amazon to deploy Eicher e-trucks for e-commerce deliveries in India, ET Retail


Eicher Trucks and Buses, a business division of VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV), is collaborating with Amazon to introduce up to 1,000 zero-emission electric trucks across various payload categories into its delivery operations over the next five years, deployed through Amazon’s transport service partners.

As a first step, Amazon will progressively deploy 50 Eicher electric trucks in major hubs like Delhi, Manesar, and Gurugram over the coming months. Eicher’s electric trucks featuring advanced digital capabilities will be built on Eicher’s established electric vehicle platform already in operation in bus applications, the company said in a media release.

The trucks with deck lengths ranging from approximately eight to 24 feet will come equipped with customised cargo stacking configurations. Fast and slow charging options will be provided to meet the needs of specific operations. The service solution also factors in availability of charging infrastructure, operational requirements, charging time constraints, battery capacity, and overall energy management strategies of the fleet, the release said.

Vinod Aggarwal, Managing Director and CEO of VECV, said, “We are pleased to collaborate with Amazon for deploying electric trucks for Amazon’s e-commerce deliveries in India. In line with the Government of India’s net-zero 2070 targets, the partnership reflects our commitment to promoting smart and sustainable solutions for a zero-emission transport ecosystem.”

Abhinav Singh, VP of Customer Fulfilment, Amazon Transportation Services, Global Specialty Fulfilment, and Supply Chain at Amazon India, said, “We are proud to work with key partners to lead the way in the electrification of a wide range of vehicles within our delivery operations. At this scale, there is no established playbook for fleet transformation, but we are making progress through collaborations like this one to transform our network. We remain committed and are well on our way to integrate 10,000 EVs into our delivery fleet in India by 2025. We continue to invite fellow innovators and solution providers in the electric mobility and sustainable transportation space to join us in accelerating decarbonisation of the logistics industry.”The collaboration between Amazon and VECV marks a significant milestone in the collective effort to decarbonize freight transportation, heralding a pivotal step in advancing electric mobility in India. As an integral part of our e-FAST program, this partnership promises to yield invaluable insights for the broader electric mobility sector in the country. By embracing such initiatives, we pave the way for a sustainable and environmentally conscious future,” Sudhendu Jyoti Sinha, Adviser, NITI Aayog, said..

Aligning with its efforts to promote use of electric mobility in its network across the country, Amazon has successfully deployed EVs in its delivery fleet through delivery service partners across more than 400 cities in India. The collaboration between Amazon India and Eicher supports Amazon’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, the release said.

  • Published On Aug 10, 2023 at 01:07 PM IST

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