Amazon Promises 10,000 Electric Rickshaws to Its India Delivery Fleet by 2025
If you visit India in 2025, you'll most likely see a number of all-electric rickshaws zooming around the streets with Amazon's logo emblazoned upon them.
Following a successful pilot in a number of Indian cities, the company's CEO, Jeff Bezos has been tweeting about his trip to India, sharing a video of himself at the wheel of one of these electric rickshaws.
Four-wheeled and three-wheeled electric rickshaws
Amazon's promised electric rickshaws will start rolling out in a number of Indian cities this year, starting with Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, and Coimbatore. The EVs will come as both 4-wheeled vehicles and 3-wheeled ones.
This statement comes after the e-commerce giant's vision of "Shipment Zero" — a project that will make all of Amazon's shipments net zero carbon — was disclosed. This is the company's part in trying to combat climate change.
There are no current specs of the rickshaws, but the company stated that it's "working with several Indian OEMs to build a fleet of vehicles that ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders."
India's FAME, Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of hybrid and Electric Vehicles, policy states that vehicle makers have to ensure that 50% of the ex-factory price of the vehicle must show made-in-India parts in order to receive subsidy.
The India Economic Times wrote that the country's effort is to "encourage component makers to localize, electric powertrains will attract an import duty of 15% in a year’s time. Import duty of batteries will be raised to 15% in two years from the current 5%."
This is a step in the right direction, and it's an exciting project, however, some climate questions have arisen on Jeff Bezos' tweet of the EVs rollout. Many concerned citizens of the world are wondering how these EVs will be powered, given most electricity is still powered by coal.
Here are some of the tweets, that have yet to receive a response from Bezos or his Amazon team:
Zero carbon? Electricity produced out of thin air?— Professor Horace Kent 1929 (@1929Kent) January 20, 2020
Some are sharing some staggering statistics:
India has had a 253 % increase in carbon emissions since 1992. Close to 80% if the electric grid is fossil powered so......— 15-2 WDE (@SkipSkipc) January 20, 2020
65% of electricity in India is from fossil fuel. And you launching a fleet of EVs will increase loss of energy at 2 points instead of one and the shitty recycling infrastructure of India will ruin the earth even worse.— Sachin Ganapathy (@SachinGanapa) January 20, 2020
Please have the courtesy of not lying by saying #zerocarbon.
Some just aren't buying into the promise:
Except for the coal that charges them of course. Brilliant— Rad (@noleftistbull) January 20, 2020
Others are concerned about the added traffic to Indian roads:
More traffic on delhi roads, we already had enough tuk tuk, Rikshaw, motor cycles, cars, vans, no space for people to even walk on roads.— Amit Bhardwaj (@amitbha2018) January 20, 2020