As reported by Engadget on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.
Amazon has begun shipping in India using electric tricycles, a growing market for the online retailer, as part of its push to add more eco-friendly vehicles to its fleet. The company has deployed nearly 100 tuk-tuks (also known as poofs) made by Indian electric vehicle maker Mahindra Electric in seven cities in India, including New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore and Lucknow. Electric three-wheelers are common on Indian roads and are mainly used as cabs.
Mahindra’s electric rickshaws are used to transport goods. The “Treo Zor” series being used by Amazon can handle loads of up to 500 kg and can provide a range of 125 km on a single charge in less than 4 hours. range and a top speed of 50 km/h.
While 100 of Amazon’s initial order of three-wheelers do not match the major U.S. investment in 100,000 Rivian electric vans, the compact Treo Zor appears well-equipped to deliver on India’s busy roads and could be expanded in the future.
The move is also in line with the retailer’s broader climate commitment to use only renewable energy by 2030. The goal also includes a global commitment to use 100,000 electric vehicles in its delivery fleet, with 10,000 dedicated to India by 2025.
Amazon clearly sees India, with its 1.36 billion people, as a huge growth opportunity. Last August, it opened its largest campus to date in the city of Hyderabad, and in February announced it would begin manufacturing fire TV wands in India, marking the first Time the company has made equipment in the country.