Amazon, TVS Motor join hands for EV mobility

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The two companies will also pilot TVS Motor’s electric vehicle solutions through partner bases and delivery associates across the country….reports Asian Lite News

Amazon India and TVS Motor Company on Wednesday announced a collaboration on electric two and three-wheeler deployment, helping to further drive electric mobility in India.

As part of this collaboration, a fleet of electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers from TVS Motor will be deployed for Amazon’s last-mile deliveries.

The two companies will also pilot TVS Motor’s electric vehicle solutions through partner bases and delivery associates across the country.

“This will support our supply chain in minimising the environmental impact of our operations and contribute to Amazon India’s goal of inducting 10,000 EVs into our fleet by 2025,” said Abhinav Singh, Director, Customer Fulfilment, Supply Chain and Global Specialty Fulfilment, Amazon India.

In 2020, the e-commerce major said its fleet of delivery vehicles in the country will include 10,000 EVs by 2025. The induction of these EVs is in addition to Amazon’s global commitment of 100,000 EVs by 2030.

“With the great success of TVS ‘iQube Electric’, we now intend to expand our electric offering across multiple segments and commercial mobility stands at the opportune inflection point,” said Manu Saxena, Senior Vice President, Future Mobility, TVS Motor Company.

TVS Motor is ready with electric two-wheeler and three-wheeler product options for business-to-business (B2B) segment, along with an ecosystem of connected service and alternate ownership.

In addition, the two companies will work in tandem to examine EV use cases for various Amazon business groups for its network and logistical requirements.

Meanwhile, E-commerce giant Amazon will offer its transportation and logistics network as a service to third-party merchants, businesses and direct-to-consumer brands in India.

According to TechCrunch, the company attempts to replicate the model “Buy with Prime” that it has been testing in the US for several months to drive revenue in the key overseas market.

The service, called Amazon Shipping, offers “extensive reach and the highest reliability ” all at the lowest logistics cost,” according to the company’s website.

Amazon Shipping “will pick up your parcels 7 days a week, and deliver them to your customers,” the company adds.

The retailer, which has invested more than $6.5 billion in India over the past seven years, claims to offer shipping at “competitive rates” and to have a dedicated support channel, according to the report.

Moreover, there will be no additional fee for deliveries on weekends, and customers will not be tied to any contract for a consignment, allowing them to cancel the service at any time.

The company’s site says that it has partnered with local firms Shiprocket, Unicommerce, Easyecom, Clickpost and Vinculum for order and delivery management systems.

Also, it has been testing the service for at least a few months in India, the report added.

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