Maharashtra’s environment minister told Reuters that the state will offer new incentives to corporations like Amazon and Uber to electrify their delivery vans ahead of a 2025 target for better air.
Maharashtra, one of India’s wealthiest states and home to the financial capital of Mumbai, is a key market for e-commerce, ride-hailing, and food delivery services. It established a goal for such enterprises to electrify 25% of their fleet by 2025 last year.
In an interview with Reuters, state minister Aaditya Thackeray said that the government now intends to accelerate the aim by granting corporations additional incentives for mass purchases of electric vehicles (EVs).
“We’re aiming to be ahead of schedule in 2025, to explore whether companies can receive more incentives and relocate sooner. This is beneficial not only to us in terms of cleaner air, but also to them in terms of their economies and income models “he stated
Amazon, Uber, Walmart’s Flipkart, Softbank-backed transportation business Ola, and food-delivery companies Zomato and Swiggy are among the companies the state is likely to approach in the coming month.
The effort comes only weeks after India’s capital, New Delhi, announced harsh draught guidelines requiring corporations to have a specific percentage of their new fleet be electric in order to obtain a licence.
The Maharashtra government has yet to make its offer to the firms, and Amazon, Flipkart, Uber, Ola, Zomato, and Swiggy have not yet responded to Reuters’ concerns about the prospect of hastening the electrification process.
Amazon, Flipkart, Zomato, and Swiggy have all set EV ambitions for 2025 and 2030, while Uber is collaborating with electric vehicle businesses to electrify its fleet.