Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Amazon India to Have 10,000 Electric Delivery Rickshaws by 2025

Amazon India to Have 10,000 Electric Delivery Rickshaws by 2025

Bezos published a video to his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Monday which revealed him riding around in an electrical rickshaw, announcing a new fleet of Amazon e-rickshaws. These EVs are in addition to the global commitment of 100,000 EVs in the delivery fleet by 2030.

An Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider Amazon India plans to deploy 10,000 electric vehicles in its fleet by 2025, but did not say how many of these vehicles are now in service.

"We're done being in the middle of the herd on this issue - we've chose to use our size and scale to make a difference", Bezos had said at the event in Washington.

The e-rickshaw fleet would also help Amazon, achieve faster delivery and streamline the processes, thereby helping to improve sales.

Jeff Bezos included, 'Fully electric.

Amazon, said it piloted electric vehicles in several cities across India in 2019 and is now expanding this initiative across the country.

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Bezos has said that the company is going to bring special e-rickshaws to India.

Bezos' visit came at a time when the Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered an investigation into alleged malpractices by Amazon India and Flipkart insofar as deep discounting and preferred selling of mobile phones are concerned.

Bezos, though, focussed on the work culture at some of Amazon's offices and centres in India.

Over 550,000 small and medium businesses are using the Amazon.in marketplace to offer India's largest selection of products. Our investments in India will create an additional 1 million jobs across the country by 2025. The business has actually spent over $ 5 billion in India.

Bezos and Sanchez have been making the rounds in India, which has been met with controversy.

Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal dismissed Mr Bezos's announcement that Amazon would invest $1 billion as "not a favour", and a senior BJP leader hit out at his ownership of The Washington Post, a newspaper often seen as critical of PM Modi.

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