India Inc rides EV wave in sustainability push, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

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A number of Indian corporates are adopting green transport for last-mile distribution and supply chain operations, and even for employees in order to reduce carbon footprint. Companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Tata Steel, Dabur, Amazon, and Tech Mahindra are taking the lead.

Since this July, Santosh Iyer, managing director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, has switched to an electric EQS, replacing ICE S-Class as his official vehicle. “Electric is the future and we have decided to offer our leadership team EVs to experience their convenience and also create awareness about sustainable mobility,” said Iyer.

Mercedes is also extending this facility to all its employees who can experience these vehicles over the weekends and for short durations. “We foresee five times increase in the penetration of EVs in our sales in the next three years from current volumes,” said Iyer.

Dabur is planning to induct a fleet of 100 electric vehicles in its supply chain. “This is part of our mission to achieve ‘net zero’ in our operations by 2045 for which we have a three-pronged strategy,” said Mohit Malhotra, CEO, Dabur India. Dabur is closely working with OEMs and participating in the Beta version trials of these vehicles. “Our partners are also deploying the fleet directly by buying already available models. Besides, we are partnering with aggregators who are offering such vehicles,” he said,

Tata Steel is committed to achieving industry leadership in sustainability. “We believe that reducing carbon emissions isn’t just an environmental responsibility, but also a critical business imperative,” said a Tata Steel spokesperson. “Sustainable business practices are critical for creating long-term value for our stakeholders.”

Tata Steel is introducing more EVs in its operations and mining locations so that they can be extensively used by employees and guests on a regular basis, the spokesperson said. Tata Steel also has a car lease policy in place, where it has made special provision for additional monetary entitlement for employees when they buy an EV or a Hybrid car.

Amazon has more than 6,000 electric vehicles in its India delivery fleet and is aiming to ramp it up to 10,000 EVs as part of its fleet by 2025. Amazon has collaborated with manufacturers, delivery service providers, charging point operators, and financing companies to scale EV adoption across more than 400 cities in India.

IT services firm Tech Mahindra has introduced EVs hat will run five trips daily, covering a radius of 250 green kilometres per day and saving up to 13,500 litres of fuel monthly in its Noida office, according to a statement issued by the company earlier.

  • Published On Sep 9, 2023 at 08:25 AM IST

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