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E-commerce giant Flipkart to deploy 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030

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Online shopping giant store, Flipkart has announced that its city logistics fleet will comprise over 25,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. They shall be designed and assembled in India.

The company will also aid in setting up charging infrastructure around offices and delivery hubs to fast-track EV adoption. The e-commerce giant currently uses EVs for deliveries in multiple locations, like Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune.

Flipkart has joined hands with several EV manufacturers. They include Mahindra Electric for the Treo electric three-wheeler, Hero Electric for its NYX series, and Piaggio for the Ape E’Xtra. These vehicles will be deployed for the e-commerce giant’s delivery fleet across the nation.

“Electrification of logistics fleet is a key part of Flipkart’s larger sustainability goal and in line with our commitment to Climate Group’s EV100 initiative,” said Amitesh Jha, Senior Vice President, Flipkart.

“In this journey of making our logistics fleet completely electric by 2030, we will collaborate and work with leading local players to procure and deploy Electric Vehicles while supporting the required infrastructure growth.”

Flipkart will undertake a slew of measures to promote EV adoption. They include installation of charging infrastructure nearby its 1,400 supply chain facilities, placing requirements in service contracts, conducting awareness programs, and encouraging delivery executives to use EVs.

Separately, Amazon and Mahindra Electric have come together to add more electric EVs to the e-commerce giant’s delivery fleet in India. To recall, last year, the company said that around 10,000 EVs would be inducted into its fleet by 2025.

The company currently uses Mahindra’s Treo Zor three-wheeler range for deliveries in seven cities: Ahmedabad, Bhopal, New Delhi, Indore, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Lucknow.

Similarly, In 2020, Amazon India had also announced that its fleet of delivery vehicles will include 10,000 electric vehicles by 2025 in India.

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Maruti Suzuki five seater to be launched in India soon

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The Jimny has been around long enough in global markets for it to be time for a mid-life nip and tuck, but more importantly this also means that the 5-door Jimny is one step closer to making it to reality. The 5-door Jimny, introduced to India as the Sierra at the 2020 Auto Expo is ear-marked for India. Recent spy-shots reveal a few more details of the India bound SUV.

Like the Jimny Sierra, the 5-door version of the Jimny will be about 300mm longer than the 3-door both in terms of wheelbase and length. The Jimny 5-door will measure in at 3,850mm in length, 1,645mm in width and 1,730mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,550mm. Like the 3-door the Jimny 5-door will have a ground clearance of 210mm and weigh in a 1190kg, 100 more than the 3-door. In the India perspective, this means that the Jimny will come in under the 4-meter mark, although the 1.5 liter petrol motor in the Jimny is likely to negate the benefit of its overall length in terms of taxation.

In global markets the K15B 1.5 litre petrol is rated for 102bhp, although it will be interesting to see if Maruti Suzuki opt for the mild-hybrid powertrain that usually accomanies this motor in India. At present Maruti Suzuki uses this motor with the smart hybrid system in the Vitara Brezza, the S-Cross, the Ciaz as well as the Ertiga. It is likely that the Jimny 5-door will use the same 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter that we’ve seen on all the above cars.

Now it is likely that the 5-door Jimny will debut alongside the 3-door Jimny facelift globally with similar cosmetic tweaks. India has already been manufacturing the Jimny 3-door for export markets for some time now, and now we can confirm that the 5-door has been earmarked for a launch in India shortly after the global launch, either by the end of 2021 or early next year.

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