Grofers Introduces E-Vans to Its Last-Mile Delivery Network
To strengthen its commitment of working towards a sustainable future, online grocery retailer Grofers has added electric vans to its last-mile delivery fleet. With this development, Grofers has become the first online retailer to attempt something of this scale and nature. Starting from Jaipur with 50 vehicles, the company plans to deploy 500 E-Vans across its 13 operational markets by 2019 end, as a part of this initiative. The move is in line with the government of India’s commitment to reduce carbon footprint, which encourages fuel-based vehicles to be replaced with electrically powered vehicles.
Last year, the company had employed e-rickshaws for delivery in Delhi region to reduce carbon footprint and bring down last-mile delivery costs. The latest addition of E-Vans will help cut delivery costs by up to 50 per cent and carbon footprint by more than 40 per cent. The project which started in the Pink City recently has witnessed much success and the company plans to replace 30 % of its fuel-based delivery vans with Electric Vans by the end of this year.
Speaking about the initiative, Saurabh Kumar, Founder, Grofers, said, ‘With environmental sustainability at the heart of doing business at Grofers, we are focused towards exploring new measures to reduce carbon footprint, in order to minimize the environmental impact. The initiative, which honours government’s commitment of introducing environmental friendly mobility will not only help us bring down carbon footprint by 40 per cent but also reduce our overall delivery costs by up to 50 per cent”
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