‘Zero-Emission’ strategy for last-mile deliveries
Greenhouse emissions from vehicles account for 27% of the air pollution the world is grappling with today. These emissions result from petroleum and diesel-powered bikes being used across the globe. Such automobiles typically emit harmful substances such as particulate matter and poisonous gases. With the UN pushing for a 45% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a decrease in vehicular emissions is the need of the hour.
Zero-emission plans constitute one such model driving the fulfillment of emission control objectives. This plan can be applied across industries, including the transportation sector, helping curb greenhouse emissions.
Applying the zero-emission formula to private and public transportation is crucial in reducing greenhouse emissions. Switching from traditional fossil fuel-driven vehicles to greener electric ones is a significant step in this direction. Furthermore, the logistics industry can also contribute to achieving emission goals. The freight industry contributes to 7% of the total emissions worldwide. Hence, reforming this management can expedite the emission control process, bringing about changes and implementing the zero-emission plan.
Zero-emission delivery systems
Zero-emission technology refers to reducing fossil fuel-driven vehicles and adding electric and green vehicles with no emissions. In India, there are around 1.86 million transport vehicles. The aggregate emission from these vehicles is so enormous that even the governments have announced the replacement of at least eight million traditional freight vehicles with EVs. This initiative can help us take a step towards fulfilling our zero-emission goals.
Other delivery systems, including those used to transfer small goods and deliver food, are also primary contributors to the emission problem. With the advent of food delivery companies such as Zomato, Swiggy, and Eat Club, there has been an increase in the number of vehicles in the delivery/logistic business. Online shopping companies have also been using these delivery systems extensively. Most of the delivery personnel are owners of traditional petrol bikes, and emission from these two-wheelers is an obstacle to achieving the goal of zero emissions.
However, companies like Zypp Electric have come to the rescue, providing an alternative, greener solution to this problem. Zypp Electric is a leading EV-as-a-Service D2C company with an all-electric fleet of delivery bikes. Some of the biggest E-commerce, Grocery and Food platforms — including Zepto, BigBasket, Amazon, Swiggy, and Zomato — hire these bikes for their last-mile deliveries fulfilled by Zypp Electric. Zypp Electric owns the largest fleet of delivery EVs in the country with the aim to reach its zero-emission goal.
Benefits of the zero-emission delivery system
The primary benefit of such a delivery system is reducing carbon emissions. EVs are highly efficient in contributing to the elimination of vehicular emissions. Applying zero-emission innovation to other sectors is rather complicated and often exorbitant. However, EVs are easy to operate and implement, cost-effective, highly subsidized, and provide sustainable solutions to reduce emissions.
The Government of India, together with governments across the globe, provides numerous incentives to the owners of personal and commercial EVs. These benefits include tax reduction, government fee waivers, and reduction of purchase costs to promote their usage. In India, EV users are offered a cost reduction of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 at the time of purchase, coupled with a registration fee waiver.
Other benefits include ease of use and charging. Instead of standing in long queues at gas stations, EV owners can charge their vehicles effortlessly in their homes. Specialised charging stations have also been established. Further, repairing and maintaining EVs is comparatively cheaper and requires less specialisation. One of the less appreciated facts about its repair and maintenance jobs is that they can be carried out with basic knowledge of electrical appliances, batteries, and wiring.
There is an urgent need for the delivery industry to adapt to the changing ecosystem. This change is important for the environment and sustenance of the industry. Even as EVs are being incorporated rapidly into delivery systems, it is crucial to look for companies helping achieve the zero-emission goals and embracing the electric change. Thus, the innovations and approach of companies like Zypp Electric — at the forefront of transforming traditional delivery by incorporating EVs into logistics — should be promoted to ensure a sustainable, emission-free future.