Electric Vehicles Push: Grofers to Induct 500 EVs By 2019 End After Pilot Project Reduces Last-Mile Delivery Costs By Half 

Electric vehicles in Bengaluru (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images) (representative picture)

Adding muscle to the Government of India's push towards adoption of cleaner electric vehicles (EVs) as against fossil-fuel driven vehicles, leading online grocery firm Grofers announced on Monday (22 July) that it is looking to deploy 500 such vehicles for last-mile delivery by the end of 2019, reports Mint.

It should be noted that Grofers started a pilot project with electric vehicles last year, by deploying 50 such vehicles in Delhi. Commenting over the same, the company's co-founder Saurabh Kumar said, "Our experiment was largely successful. We were able to reduce our last-mile delivery costs by 50 percent in places where EVs were deployed."

As of present, the e-commerce company runs as many as 100 EVs in Delhi and 50 such vehicles in Jaipur. The company plans to deploy the new-tech vehicles in 13 cities where the company operates, all by the end of 2019.

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It should be noted that apart from Grofers, many other companies are also exploring EVs as a feasible option for their delivery fleets. E-commerce behemoth Flipkart announced last month that it plans to supplant 40 per cent of its delivery fleet with electric vehicles.

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