The CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos was on a recent 4 Day visit to India. During this visit he met many small-scale business owners and thereafter made some new announcements. Also he made a statement where he remarked that he will digitize small scale and medium scale businesses respectively and invest close to around 7000 Crore that is around one billion dollars. Among all the announcements made by Jeff Bezos, the one that stood out was of the maiden venture to launch close to around 10000 electric delivery rickshaws in India by 2025.
So what was the reason for Jeff Bezos making this move?
Reason for Amazon’s Announcement of Launching 10000 Electric Rickshaws in India by 2025
Jeff Bezos has been someone who is deeply driven towards driving environmental change. In other words he is someone deeply committed towards saving the environment. Therefore, if we go by his previous speeches, you will find that he had made a statement where he remarked of making Amazon carbon neutral by 2040. In the same speech he also stated he would buy close to around 100000 electric delivery vans from the US-based startup Rivian.
Here’s presenting to you the revolutionary statement made by Jeff Bezos,
‘….Amazon is invested in sustainable growth and is the first company to sign the Climate Pledge – with a commitment to meet the Paris Accord ten years early. In India, we’ve announced that we will eliminate single-use plastic……and we are adding 10,000 electric rickshaws to our delivery fleet.
Now the reason why Jeff Bezos made this move? Well, the Indian e-rickshaw market has shown a very progressive growth especially in the span of the last few years and home to around 1.5 million battery-powered three-wheelers which outnumbered the electric passenger cars sold in China around 2011.
Now here’s a little more that you should know about these electric delivery rickshaws.
About Electric Delivery Rickshaws
The electric delivery rickshaws were tested in India around 2019 through various pilot programs. Thereafter with the learnings and the experience that was received, Amazon worked with OEMs also known as original equipment manufacturers in India and designed and built the rickshaw.
The rickshaws that are three-wheeled or four-wheeled are going to be launched in close to about 20 cities in 2020. Some cities which will see Amazon making deliveries through the electric rickshaw include Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Nagpur to name a few.
Now what does this move mean for India as a country and Amazon as a company?
10000 Electric Delivery Rickshaw Launch – What This Means for India and Amazon
So, taking India into consideration first, with this move, India will push the country towards adopting electronic vehicles and develop and build a supply chain which minimizes the environmental impact of the operations of vehicles driven by diesel, petrol, etc.
Next, taking Amazon into consideration, with this move Amazon shall strive towards making its fleet electric first and finally reduce its overall dependency on non-renewable resources.
After this move the Vice President (Customer Fulfillment –APAC & Emerging Markets) of Amazon Akhil Saxena commented
‘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 10000 vehicles by 2025 is an integral milestone in our journey to become an energy efficiency leader in the industry. We will continue to invest in the electrification of our delivery fleet, thereby reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources.”
However, a very important question which one would want to ask is should this move be restricted to India alone? Well, if we take into consideration countries like the USA, then having similar rickshaws for providing local deliveries or same-day product deliveries in cities, this certainly will turn out to be a blessing in disguise and will play a very vital role towards sustaining the environment.
Regardless, with this move, Amazon will certainly show the world yet again how it has conquered the world time and again with innovative solutions to make deliveries unique for their customer altogether and its strong commitment towards keeping the environment safe for the future generation on a whole.