Amazon has launched its global last mile fleet program in India with 100% electric vehicles (EVs), a global first for the company. The program enables Delivery Service Partners (DSPs) to lease a fleet of tailored three-wheeler EVs through a fleet management company. DSPs will get access to zero emission electric vehicles that are safe and custom-designed for Amazon deliveries.
Optimising deliveries for safety and punctuality
The fleet program will also assist DSPs in the maintenance, charging, and parking of these EVs. The vehicles are equipped with advanced safety features, ensuring the well-being of Amazon’s delivery partners and the communities they serve. Data generated by the vehicles allows Amazon to optimise deliveries for safety and punctuality. The India fleet launches ahead of Diwali, and more electric three- and four-wheelers will be added to the fleet over time.
"We are committed to be net-zero carbon by 2040, and decarbonising our delivery network is an important part of getting us to that goal,” says Abhinav Singh, VP of operations, Amazon India, adding, “By launching the last mile fleet programme with an all-electric fleet in India, we help our delivery service partners decarbonise with us. We’re delighted that India is the first country where we are able to do this.”
Mahindra Zor Grand three-wheelers for last mile deliveries
In the initial phase, the company has introduced Mahindra Zor Grand three-wheeler EVs equipped with specialised enhancements for Amazon’s last mile deliveries. Mahindra Zor Grand—which can travel at speeds up to 50kmph and cover over 100kms on a single charge—produces no emission, making it an ideal choice for areas with poor air quality. It is also equipped with telematics and safety technology, providing real-time data on vehicle performance, driving behaviour, and critical safety metrics. The Amazon model also features safety customisations such as digital rear-view cameras.
We are excited to be a part of Amazon’s journey towards a cleaner, more sustainable future in last mile logistics. With zero tailpipe emissions and reliability at the core, our Mahindra Zor Grand will not only enhance cargo delivery efficiency but also contribute to improved air quality and lower driver fatigue
Improved air quality and lower driver fatigue
“These vehicles will raise the bar for last mile delivery services, helping us deliver packages to our customers safely, reliably and efficiently,” says Tom Chempananical, Director Global Fleet and Products, Amazon. Amazon continues to seek new ways to electrify its fleet, partner with vehicle manufacturers, fleet management experts, delivery partners, charging point operators, and financing companies.
“Programs like this go a long way in decarbonising the last mile delivery operations and will pave the way to encourage more innovation and adoption of such solutions. We compliment Amazon and will be proud of them as they work out an aspirational and clear roadmap for this transition and bring more vehicle segments into it,” adds Sudhendu Jyoti Sinha, Adviser, NITI Aayog.
Mission 10,000 EVs by 2025
With support from Mahindra Electric and other vehicle manufacturers, Amazon has deployed more than 6,000 electric vehicles to deliver packages in over 400 cities across India. The company is on track to achieve its goal of having 10,000 electric vehicles in the India fleet by 2025. The Climate Pledge—co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism—also recently committed $10 million to C40 Cities to launch Laneshift, a plan to reimagine what zero-emission freight shipping looks like across major cities in Latin America and India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Pune.
What is Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner program?
This last mile delivery program empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to build their own last mile delivery business capabilities from the ground up, with support infrastructure, technology, and a suite of services. This has enabled many entrepreneurs to create thriving small businesses and deliver to Amazon India’s customers across the country.