FM Logistic India has announced that the company is deploying its first batch of electric vehicles (EVs) in Bengaluru. The first batch of EVs comprises 3-wheelers from a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer having a load capacity of 500 kg. The vehicles take approximately three hours for charging and can cover a distance of about 80 km in a single charge. The EVs will be used to carry out intra-city deliveries for WayCool, a leading player in the FMCG and food segment. FM Logistic India will be helping WayCool to carry out hyper local deliveries to local kirana stores, supermarkets as well as end consumers.
Elaborating on WayCool’s efforts towards sustainable Agri-commerce, Amrit Bajpai, COO, WayCool Foods, said “Our partnership with FM Logistic is another step towards advancing fleet electrification. To start, we will have EVs constituting 5 per cent of our total fleet and will continue to increase it. WayCool is committed towards sustainable actions and innovations to drive efficiency across the Agri-commerce value chain. We strongly believe that responsible behavior needs proactive efforts and it’s our duty to leave the earth better than how we found it.”
Alexander Amine Soufiani, MD – FM Logistic India, said, “At FM Logistic, sustainability is at the heart of our operations. When WayCool approached us to help them to develop a green network, we were excited to be able to provide them with a green distribution offer to help fulfill their delivery commitments within city limits. We include the challenges of sustainable development in our strategic vision – teams creating solutions for a sustainable supply chain. We are committed to reducing the impact of our business activities on the environment. We are focussed on helping our customers to develop and maintain a sustainable supply chain.”
The newly launched EVs are part of FM’s initial pilot to check for their effectiveness to carry out urban and hyper local deliveries. The EVs will be used to carry out intra-city deliveries for their customers in the FMCG, Food, Pharma and retail segments. FM Logistic India plans to deploy at least 50 EVs and cover more geographical areas under its green distribution network by this year end.
FM Logistic has expertise in designing dedicated, pooled and collaborative solutions that are not only cost effective but also help their customers to reduce their carbon emissions. In 2014, FM Logistic launched Citylogin in Italy, Spain and France. Citylogin is a sustainable and effective urban logistics solution. The objective was to limit the impact of delivering goods (pollution, noise, congestion, etc.) in city centres, by using small depots in urban areas and last mile delivery vehicles, including small hybrid or electric vans.