Maersk has the ambition to be Net Zero across business and provide customers with 100% green solutions by 2040. To achieve this goal, there is a strong need to decarbonise logistics at every stage. It is important not only for Maersk to achieve these sustainability goals but for the customers too, who are demanding environmentally friendly solutions that would decarbonise their supply chains.
In September 2022, Maersk unveiled its three-wheeler and four-wheeler EVs in Mumbai, India and soon rolled them out for its first customer in the NCR region. Since then, the awareness around EVs that can support distribution logistics in India has risen, and with that has come an unprecedented demand from several customers.
The above development is in line with company’s strategy to strengthen its business in the Asia Pacific region. Recently, Maersk enhanced warehousing capability with 2 distribution centers in Asia Pacific.
“India is a large market with a constantly growing demand for distribution logistics. E-Commerce has particularly seen unprecedented growth in India over the last few years and has tremendous potential to keep growing in the coming years. With growing e-Commerce came the growing demand, especially for middle- and last-mile distribution. But it is not limited to just any distribution means – our customers are keen on decarbonising supply chains rapidly, and we are stepping in to support them with our fleet of EVs in India.” says Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia.
Maersk has recently tied up with a large e-Commerce platform in India to support its distribution requirements with a dedicated fleet of EVs that range in the capacity of 550 to 700 Kgs with a driving range of over 120 km. Over 200+ vehicles have already been deployed across 15 cities, and more than 300 EVs.
So far, Maersk’s EV fleet has covered more than 135,000 km. Maersk is also investing in creating a charging network for its fleet of EVs, including the option to harness solar energy at its own facilities for warehouses across the country.