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Swiggy will deliver stuff on TVS Motors’ electric scooters

  • Swiggy has made a commitment to make deliveries spanning 8,00,000 kilometres per day through EVs by 2025.
  • The partnership is in line with TVS Motors commitment to expand the presence of its TVS iQube Electric across all major cities.
  • Amazon, Flipkart and Swiggy’s rival Zomato have also committed to adopt EVs for 100% of its fleet by 2030.

Food delivery giant Swiggy on Thursday entered a strategic partnership with TVS Motor Company to add more electric two-wheelers to its delivery fleet.

The Bengaluru-based company will test the implementation of TVS Motors’ electric vehicles (EV) for its food delivery as well as other on-demand services like InstaMart, Genie. Notably, Swiggy currently has over two lakh delivery partners working with the platform.

The commitment is to make deliveries spanning 800,000 kilometres per day through EVs by 2025, according to Mihir Rajesh Shah, vice president operations, at Swiggy.

The partnership will help TVS Motors’ meet its target to expand the presence of its TVS iQube Electric across all major cities by March 2022. The electric scooter is currently available in 33 cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune and Kochi.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has already been signed by the two companies.

“Our collaboration with Swiggy is a key step towards strengthening the electrification of mobility in food delivery and last-mile delivery services, furthering the easy adoption of EVs amongst customers,” Manu Saxena, senior vice president of Future Mobility at TVS Motor Company, said.

Several companies — including Amazon, Flipkart and Swiggy’s rival Zomato — have committed to adopt EVs for 100% of their delivery fleet by 2030.

Zomato’s founder and chief executive Deepinder Goyal, in a blog post published in June 2021, said that through 100% EV adoption will not be easy but it will be essential in the long run. The company is currently delivering through EVs in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

He had also noted that limited battery range, lack of charging infrastructure, higher upfront cost and lack of trust in the new technology are some of the challenges that are emerging for faster adoption of electric vehicles.

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