Amazon is rolling out new electric delivery rickshaws in India; watch Jeff Bezos riding one of the electric rickshaws
Last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos visited India and pledged to invest $1 billion as part of the company’s effort to curb climate change. Today, Bezos announced in a Twitter video, which shows a full fleet of electric rickshaws that will be used by the company for order deliveries.
The fleet of electric delivery rickshaws is part of the company’s climate pledge. In the tweet, Bezos wrote that these rickshaws will be fully electric and have zero carbon emissions. Jeff Bezos had previously pledged to make the e-commerce giant net carbon neutral by 2040 and has said it will buy 100,000 electric delivery vans from US start-up Rivian.
In the video, you can see Bezos, with a smile on his face, riding of of the electric rickshaws.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 20, 2020
Here is the full text of Jeff Bezos’ letter:
Dear Customers, Sellers, and Partners,
Over 550,000 small and medium businesses are using the Amazon.in marketplace to offer India’s largest selection of products. Karigar and Saheli have enabled over a million artisans and women entrepreneurs to go online. More than 60,000 businesses are exporting ‘Make in India’ products globally, with cumulative exports exceeding US$1 billion.
Millions of Prime members across India enjoy unlimited free and fast delivery, and ad-free online streaming of blockbuster movies and TV shows, including Amazon Originals such as Mirzapur and The Family Man. Alexa can now speak in Hindi and English seamlessly, and offers more than 30,000 skills from practicing yoga to reciting Panchatantra stories.
Amazon is invested in sustainable growth and is the first company to sign the Climate Pledge – with a commitment to meet the Paris Accord ten years early. In India, we’ve announced that we will eliminate single-use plastic from our fulfillment network by June 2020, and we are adding 10,000 electric rickshaws to our delivery fleet.
I fall more in love with India every time I return here. The boundless energy, innovation, and grit of the Indian people always inspire me. I’m excited to share that we will invest an incremental US$1 billion to digitize micro and small businesses in cities, towns, and villages across India, helping them reach more customers than ever before. As part of this initiative, we will use Amazon’s global footprint to enable US$10 billion in exports of Indian products to the rest of the world by 2025. Our investments in India will create an additional 1 million jobs across the country by 2025.
It’s still Day 1.
Jeff Bezos Founder and CEO, Amazon