Amazon India partners Sun Mobility to expand EV deployment

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 31 Mar 2022


E-commerce major, Amazon India is working with Sun Mobility to expand the deployment of EVs integrated with battery swapping technology for its transportation and logistics services. These vehicles will be part of Amazon India’s commitment of adding 10,000 electric vehicles in its India delivery fleet by 2025, announced in 2020.

The e-commerce major says leveraging Sun Mobility’s MaaS (mobility-as-a-service) will provide it and its delivery service partners (DSPs) with an electric mobility solution that is integrated with smart batteries, along with access to its network of Swap Points. Sun Mobility says it is setting up its Swap Points across its customer locations including Amazon warehouses in major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Hyderabad.

Amazon says the deployment of EVs will help its efforts to implement more sustainable practices in its operations, as well as contribute to its Climate Pledge goals – a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon by 2040, almost 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

As part of an existing pilot program, Sun Mobility has already deployed over 100 loaders powered by swappable batteries with Amazon India’s delivery network partners for rapid deliveries, which the two companies now plan to replicate in more metro cities and in other operational areas.

Abhinav Singh, director – customer fulfilment, Supply Chain and Global Specialty Fulfilment, Amazon India said: “We will continue to invest in the electrification of our delivery fleet as we work towards the goal of adding 10,000 EVs across partner platforms to our fleet by 2025.”

Chetan Maini, co-Founder and chairman, Sun Mobility said, “We believe that this deployment will enable us to tangibly impact the rapidly growing e-commerce and delivery segment by making ‘refuelling’ of electric vehicles faster, cheaper and more convenient for fleet operators.”

Sun Mobility is targeting over a million vehicles by 2025, which it says will be driven by its MaaS offering. It has already commenced the deployment of its solutions to e-commerce and goods delivery players across major cities such as Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, and Chandigarh and plans to further expand to other cities across the country.