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Swiggy announced that it has started trials that will increase the deployment of electric vehicles (EV) in its delivery fleet, thus enabling the food aggregator to operate in a sustainable manner. The trials are aimed towards Swiggy’s commitment to cover deliveries spanning 8 lakh kilometers everyday through EVs by 2025. For the same, Swiggy has signed an agreement with Reliance BP Mobility Limited (RBML) to build an EV ecosystem and battery-swapping stations for its delivery partners across the country. The trials are currently going on in Bengaluru, New Delhi and Hyderabad.
Making deliveries through EVs is expected to lower the running cost of vehicles by up to 40 per cent, leading to higher earnings for Swiggy’s delivery partners. It’s partners travel an average of 80-100kms daily.
Swiggy CEO, Sriharsha Majety, stated – “As we continue to work towards providing our consumers with greater convenience, we are also mindful of the environmental impact of our operations and are taking the necessary steps to make our journey more sustainable. Transitioning to EVs is an important step in this direction. It will have a positive impact not only on the environment but also empower our delivery partners to earn more.”
Swiggy has also partnered with e-cycle manufacturer Hero Lectro, and Fast despatch logistics, a last mile delivery player in the UK, to enable end-to-end delivery of Swiggy orders through cargo e-cycles. The e-bikes are specifically designed for last mile deliveries and can travel at a maximum speed of 25 kmph with a range of 70-75 kms per charge making them ideal for short-distance deliveries. Besides being pollution-free, the e-cycles do not need immediate swapping or recharging when the battery runs out. They can be charged on regular plug points or continue running on pedal power.