Swiggy has signed an agreement with Reliance BP Mobility Ltd (RBML) to build electric vehicle battery-swapping stations in the country. Swiggy being an online food delivery platform can benefit more from this project. It will help in improving the scale, extent, and technology in creating sustainable and cost-effective solutions in terms of delivery fleets.
Swiggy has also entered into a partnership with Hero Lectro which is a leading e-cycle manufacturer, and Fast Dispatch Logistics which is a popular last-mile delivery player in the UK to enhance its delivery wing through cargo e-cycles.
Swiggy is planning to make its delivery completely by EVs by 2025. Swiggy reportedly covers 8 lakh km every day for deliveries. The use of EVs in making deliveries will cut down the cost by up to 40%. It will help in better earnings for its delivery partners. To begin with the project, the company has been running its trials in Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Hyderabad.
Swiggy CEO Sriharsha Majety said “As we continue to work towards providing our consumers with greater convenience, we are also mindful of the environmental impact of our operations and are taking the necessary steps to make our journey more sustainable”. He added that the change to EVs will be their first step in achieving this goal and it will “also empower our delivery partners to earn more”.
The collaboration with Swiggy will help also RBML as its CEO Harish C Mehta said it will increase the use of EVs in delivery and transportation. He added that “We are confident Swiggy and their delivery partners will immensely benefit from our widespread network of battery swap stations”.
Hero Lectro cargo e-bikes will be used for short-distance deliveries and can travel at a speed of 25kmph.