Amazon launches 10,000 Electric Rickshaw for climate conservation

The company is hoping that its electric vehicles will reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact of delivery operations in the Asian country.  

source- public domain(dailymail.co.uk)

source- public domain(dailymail.co.uk)

Amazon is set to have 100,000 of the eco-friendly vehicles roaming the streets over the next decade. Company claims that it will save four million metric tons of carbon.  This move is to promote the 'Zero Carbon by 2030', which is prevalent across the world in order to support the climate conservation drive.   

The 30-second clip shows Bezos hops into one of the vehicles, complete with a license plate that reads 'Jeff', and leads a team of delivery drivers through a grassy area to show of the vehicle's capabilities.

The tech tycoon commemorated the roll out by sharing a video shot in New Delhi on his social media pages with a post that reads, ‘Hey, India. We’re rolling out our new fleet of electric delivery rickshaws. Fully electric. Zero carbon. #ClimatePledge’. 

Amazon hopes its electric vehicles will reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact of delivery operations in the Asian country. ‘Amazon India has been working with several Indian OEMs to build a fleet of vehicles that ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders,’ the company mentioned in a statement.

 In addition, the government’s focus to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the country, and steps towards setting up of charging infrastructure with the FAME 2 policy has helped the company accelerate and chart its vision for EVs in India.’

In 2020, these vehicles will operate in over 20 cities of India - Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Coimbatore to name a few, and this number will continue to grow.

Akhil Saxena, Vice President, Customer Fulfillment - APAC & Emerging Markets, Amazon, said ‘At Amazon India, we are committed to building a supply chain that will minimize the environmental impact of our operations.’

‘The expansion of our Electric Vehicle fleet to 10,000 vehicles by 2025 is an integral milestone in our journey to become an energy efficient leader in the industry.’

 ‘We will continue to invest in the electrification of our delivery fleet, thereby reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources.’

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