A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) is committed to achieving Net Zero status across its business operations and delivering entirely green solutions to customers by 2040. To realize this vision, a significant emphasis is placed on decarbonizing logistics at every phase. This endeavor isn’t solely vital for Maersk’s sustainability targets, but it’s equally essential for customers who seek eco-friendly alternatives to decarbonize their supply chains.In September 2022, Maersk introduced its range of three-wheeler and four-wheeler electric vehicles (EVs) in Mumbai, India. These EVs were subsequently introduced to its first customer in the NCR region. Since then, the recognition of EVs’ potential in supporting distribution logistics within India has surged. This heightened awareness has led to an unprecedented surge in demand from numerous customers.
Vikash Agarwal Managing Director, Maersk South Asia said,”India is a large market with a constantly growing demand for distribution logistics. E-Commerce has particularly seen unprecedented growth in India over the last few years and has tremendous potential to keep growing in the coming years. With growing e-Commerce came the growing demand, especially for middle- and last-mile distribution. But it is not limited to just any distribution means – our customers are keen on decarbonising supply chains rapidly, and we are stepping in to support them with our fleet of EVs in India.”
Maersk has recently formed a partnership with a prominent e-commerce platform in India, aimed at fulfilling its distribution needs through a specialized fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). These EVs come with load capacities ranging from 550 to 700 kilograms and boast an impressive driving range exceeding 120 kilometers. With an initial deployment of over 200 vehicles in 15 cities, this endeavor is set to expand, with plans to introduce more than 300 additional EVs.
Jitendra Kapoor Head of Middle Mile & Last Mile Distribution, Maersk South Asia said,”With a range of EVs available in our fleet, we are able to provide our customers the option to choose depending on the commodities they want to move and in the radius that they want to operate in. We have as small as two-wheelers that are delivering fresh ready-to-eat salads in the NCR region for a customer, to groceries and lifestyle items for another customer across the country.”
Up to this point, Maersk’s electric vehicle (EV) fleet has traversed a distance exceeding 135,000 kilometers. Additionally, Maersk is actively investing in the establishment of a comprehensive charging infrastructure for its EV fleet. This initiative encompasses the integration of solar energy solutions at its own warehouse facilities situated throughout the country.