The online grocery platform Bigbasket is set to expand its last-mile delivery operations by adding up to 3000 e-vehicles by 2020. The company that introduced electric vehicles initially in 2016 now aims to add 1,000 electric vans and 2,000 electric bikes to its portfolio within the next one year.
Previously, Bigbasket had certified many other e-van OEMs like Euler Motors and Gayam Motors for conducting its delivery operations. The company is now looking to incorporate e-bikes from various brands like Okinawa, Hero, Greaves Cotton and Li-ion in the operations. Since the inclusion of EVs, Bigbasket has claimed that it has been able to lower its costs in terms of product delivery.
The Alibaba-backed grocery company has now expanded its operations to about 26 cities in the country and clocks almost 2.5 lakh orders in a day
K B Nagaraju, the Chief Customer Experience Officer of Bigbasket said,” Bigbasket has always been committed to carrying out its processes in a sustainable manner. Apart from undertaking other environment-friendly initiatives, we were the first to introduce electric vehicles for our last-mile delivery operations back in 2016. Our scale and push for sustainable and renewable energy have resulted in tangible savings and a positive contribution to the environment. Though there has been a significant push for EVs in the recent budget, there is a need to address the issue of bank finance to OEMs and small transporters and individual buyers as long as the vehicles are used for commercial transportation.”
With a registered base of 15 million, the Alibaba-backed grocery company has now expanded its operations to about 26 cities in the country and clocks almost 2.5 lakh orders in a day. The company is also aimed at doubling its revenue to USD 1 billion by next year.