BYD India bags order for 50 electric cargo vans from Eto Motors
Published On Nov 15, 2019
The Indian arm of Chinese EV major will supply electric cargo vans to logistic player Eto Motors, which is targeting to deploy 4,000 electric vehicles across 20 cities to service the logistics need to online as well brick and mortar retailers.
BYD India bags an order from ETO Motors, the electric fleet operator in India to deploy a fleet of cargo vehicles comprising of 3W and 4W. ETO Motors revealed plans to introduce a fleet of electric 3W&4W Cargo vehicles to strengthen its clean mobility solution offerings.
The first order consists of 50 units of T3- the 4W cargo EVs from BYD to be deployed immediately. Over the next one-year, ETO Motors is targeting to deploy 4,000 electric vehicles across 20 cities to service the logistics need to online as well as brick and mortar retailers. Increasingly businesses are looking to reduce their carbon footprint across their supply chain and electric cargo vehicles offer them an excellent option to be included in their sustainable practices.
The EVs will be designed and manufactured with BYD’s power battery, motor, motor controllers & powertrains. Electric 3W fleet deployment will include electric-rickshaw, electric-cart, electric-auto (L5M & L5N category) and electric three-wheeler cargo, while Electric 4W cargo includes electric 4W commercial freight /cargo vehicles.
There are over 3 million cargo vehicles plying on Indian roads and there is an additional influx of these vehicles to the tune of 0.70 million every year. The introduction and adoption of EV cargo will ensure that the emissions levels can be controlled significantly and can have a positive impact on the environment over time. Annual reduction in emission for a cargo minivan averaging 200 KMs travel a day is around 13,500 kgs saving 5,000 liters of diesel a day.
Speaking on the partnership, Ketsu Zhang, the executive director, BYD India, said, “Developing and promoting a strong EV ecosystem and cultivating consumer awareness and confidence to adopt clean technology is our goal in making the planet better. The logistics segment is one of the largest users of transportation and the resultant addition to the emissions is significant, the usage is only increasing over time with improved road infrastructure and rapid urbanization and increasing consumer demand for retail products. Companies now have a ready solution to help them with their own sustainability goals without having to invest in vehicle ownership.”
ETO Motors is a pioneer in the country to own and deploy a range of passenger and cargo electric vehicles with an aim to promote clean, sustainable shared mobility solutions. BYD designs develop, manufacture and distribute passenger cars and commercial vehicles including electric vehicles, rechargeable power batteries, powertrain, chargers, and other components and spare parts of electric vehicles. All vehicles passenger or cargo are GPS enabled with geofencing capabilities and remote kill switch.
Biju Mathews, CEO, ETO Motors said, “ETO Motors is committed to causing of clean mobility in India and is uniquely placed to seamlessly deploy the fleet of electric vehicles, be it enables clean shared & safe mobility for individuals or to transport cargo. First Mile, Last Mile and intracity solutions from ETO Motors is made possible due to full control over the EV ecosystem related to manufacturing, EV infra, and recharging and battery production tie-ups, service agreements and partnerships with several city metros and ride-share companies. Addition of cargo EV’s in collaboration with global clean energy leader BYD will help us service the sustainable supply chain logistics needs of retailers.”
With many states introducing various policies and initiatives, the year 2019 saw a total EV sales of more than 7.5 Lakhs including electric two-wheelers, electric three-wheelers, and electric passenger vehicles bringing down carbon emission drastically.