Delhi Government, RMI India and Rocky Mountain Institute announce EV pilot for urban deliveries

Top players in e-commerce, urban logistics, and EV manufacturing/charging team up to clean up urban logistics in Delhi

New Delhi, Delhi 26 June, 2019—Delhi announces its first electric vehicles freight pilot. Over 30 players in final-mile urban delivery from across India have come together in Delhi as part of the Urban Mobility Lab with the goal of piloting up to 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) for urban deliveries in the city over the next 12 months. The proposed pilot project named Deliver Electric Delhi is a joint initiative by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC-Delhi), RMI India and Rocky Mountain Institute. RMI India has a collaborative relationship with RMI USA and the two entities have been working together on mobility projects. It is a first-of-its-kind project with an objective to document and analyse the performance of EVs for urban deliveries.

Participants in the pilot working group include top names from across different segments of the industry:

  • E-commerce: Bigbasket, Grofers, Uber Eats, Zomato
  • Vehicle aggregators and logistics firms: Amplus Solar, Areon, Blue Dart Express, DOT, Efleet Logix, GATI
  • EV OEMs: Altigreen PL, Euler Motors, Evy Mobility, Hero Electric, Jitendra EV, Li-ions Elektrik, Mahindra Electric, Onnbikes, Shigan Evoltz, Tata Motors, Tork Motors, Va-yu
  • Charge Station Providers: Delta Group, Magenta Power, Charge-Zone, Sun Mobility
  • DISCOMs: BSES Rajdhani Power, BSES Yamuna Power, Tata Power Limited

Kailash Gahlot, Minister of Transport, Government of NCT of Delhi, welcomed electric manufacturers from across India. “Delhi government is committed to reduce vehicular pollution through the introduction of electric vehicles in Delhi,” he said during the inaugural of the Urban Mobility Lab.

Speaking at the inaugural of the workshop, Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson of DDC-Delhi, said, “Delhi aims to become the EV capital of India. Electrification of final mile delivery vehicles has the potential to kick-start the transition to EVs in the city. We expect this pilot to pave the way for other market segments and are committed to its success.”

Regarding the UML pilot working group, Dave Mullaney, Director for Rocky Mountain Institute’s global freight transport initiative said, “The use of EVs for final mile delivery is ready to take off. The participants who are working with us and their excitement to be on this pilot shows that clearly. It is an incredibly exciting group that includes titans of Indian industry, global e-commerce giants and brand new homegrown startups. We look forward to working with companies and the Delhi government to make the city a global leader in final mile electrification.”

Samhita Shiledar, Rocky Mountain Institute’s project manager for the pilot, remarked on the high level of partnership between public and private sectors. “Collaboration between different public and private sector players has been crucial to the pilot. The level of commitment and enthusiasm from a wide range of stakeholders is unique and will position Delhi to be a first mover in EV space in India and an example for other cities to follow.”

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About Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi

The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) is a premier think-tank of the Government of NCT of Delhi and advises the government in finding sustainable, people-centric solutions to the critical development challenges facing Delhi.

About Rocky Mountain Institute India

Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, apolitical, nonprofit think-and-do tank that transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure future.

About RMI India

RMI India is an independent nonprofit organization. RMI India takes inspiration from and collaborates with Rocky Mountain Institute, a 40-year-old non-governmental organization. RMI India’s mission is to accelerate India’s transition to a clean, prosperous and inclusive energy future.

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