NEW DELHI — Online food delivery platform Swiggy announced on Aug. 5. that it has signed an agreement with Reliance BP Mobility Ltd (RBML) that aims at building an ecosystem for electric vehicle battery-swapping stations across the country.
The partnership aims to synergize their strengths of scale, reach, and technology in creating a greener and cost-effective solution for delivery fleets through innovative business models.
Additionally, Swiggy has also partnered with Hero Lectro, a leading e-cycle manufacturer, and Fast Dispatch Logistics, a leading last-mile delivery player in the United Kingdom, to enable end-to-end delivery of Swiggy orders through cargo e-cycles.
The trails are currently running in the Indian cities Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Hyderabad. They are aimed towards Swiggy’s commitment to cover deliveries spanning 8 lakh km every day through electric vehicles by 2025.
Making deliveries through electric vehicles is expected to lower the running cost of vehicles by up to 40 percent, leading to higher earnings for Swiggy’s delivery partners.
“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,” said Swiggy CEO Sriharsha Majety in a statement.
“Transitioning to electric vehicles 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.”
Reliance BP Mobility Ltd CEO Harish C. Mehta said the collaboration with Swiggy has the potential to bring disruption and increase EV adoption among delivery and transportation companies in the country.
“We are confident Swiggy and their delivery partners will immensely benefit from our widespread network of battery swap stations,” Mehta said.
“Leveraging the best of bp’s global learnings in electrification, Reliance BP Mobility Ltd is setting up a robust and sustainable infrastructure comprising EV charging hubs and battery swapping stations offering digitally enabled services to all stakeholders.”
Mehta said with an objective to support the government’s vision of electric mobility, the company has forayed into e-mobility services and is committed to creating an ecosystem that will help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in the country.
On the other hand, Hero Lectro Cargo e-bikes are specifically designed for last-mile deliveries and can travel at a maximum speed of 25 km/h (15.53 miles/h) with a range of 70 to 75 km (43.496 to 46.6028 miles) per charge, making them ideal for short-distance deliveries.
“Business growth should go hand-in-hand with the interests of its stakeholders, the welfare of the community, and minimizing the impact on the environment,” said Majety. “Swiggy’s fleet delivers millions of orders each month with our partners traveling an average of 80 – 100 km (49.70 to 62.13 miles) daily.”
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Abinaya Vijayaraghavan and Praveen Pramod Tewari
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