- Through this partnership, Mahindra Logistics will help Flipkart in deploying electric vehicles in its supply chain with enhanced technology supports.
- Mahindra Group’s logistics arm EDEL has its presence in six cities including Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.
- Flipkart aims to deploy more than 30,000 electric vehicles in its supply chain by 2030.
Walmart-owned ecommerce platform Flipkart, today announced, it has partnered with Mahindra Group’s logistics arm Mahindra Logistics Ltd. (MLL) to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in its last-mile delivery operations.
Flipkart has already deployed two-and three-wheeler electric vehicles in its supply chain and its partnership with Mahindra Logistics EDEL will accelerate and support its journey towards EVs sustainability. As part of the deal, Mahindra Logistics will work with various original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to support Flipkart’s sustainable transition to electric vehicles, the company statement said.
EDEL is an electric last-mile delivery service launched by Mahindra Logistics last year and currently operational in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, and Kolkata. It aims to expand into other cities as well.
Through EDEL, MLL has partnered with various companies in consumer and ecommerce to
provide sustainable last-mile delivery across six cities in India. “EDEL will enable Flipkart in its journey towards building a green supply chain by not only deploying a large fleet of EVs but also creating a conducive environment for EV deployment and operations across the country,” it said.
The logistics arm will also help Flipkart in building robust supply chain infrastructure and technology such as charging stations, parking lots, training workforce, route planning, battery swapping in the near future.
Speaking on the development, Hemant Badri, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Flipkart Group, said, “We are happy to have Mahindra Logistics on board as a logistics partner, who will play a major role in helping us achieve our vision of making our logistics fleet fully electric by 2030. Through collective efforts, we aim to build and support solutions that boost EV adoption across the country and gradually make a 100% transition to EVs in our logistics fleet”.
Rampraveen Swaminathan, CEO & MD of Mahindra Logistics, said, “The EV-based last-mile delivery service EDEL is aligned to this and provides customers with a sustainable, cost-competitive, and technology-enabled last-mile delivery solution. Our focus is on expanding our network based on our deep partnership with large enterprise customers.”
It is worth mentioning that Flipkart has already partnered with many OEMs, EV manufacturers, including Hero Electric, Mahindra Electric, and Piaggio, to faster the process of deploying EVs in its logistics fleet across the country.
Besides Flipkart, Amazon India has also partnered with Mahindra Electric to deploy electric vehicles in its last-mile delivery operations. It aims to add more than 10,000 EVs to its delivery fleet by 2025.
Mahindra Logistics claims to have more than 400 companies as customers across various industries like Automobile, Engineering, Consumer Goods, and E-commerce. The company works on an “asset-light” model, providing customized and technology-enabled solutions that span across the supply chain and people transport operations.