The multinational technology company has started using three-wheelers for delivery in India, a growing market for online retailers. As part of its push to enable more friendly vehicles to its fleet. The company has deployed almost 100 auto-rickshaws, made by Mahindra Electric, made by an Indian electric car manufacturer.
The modernized three wheelers are a common sight in India, they are mainly use as taxis in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore and Lucknow. The electric rickshaw is built to carry cargo.
The “Treo Zor”range Amazon is using can bear a 500kg load on the back, offers 125km of range on a single charge of just under 4 hour and has a top speed of 50 km/h.
Though the initial 100 order of the Mahindra electric doesn’t match its significant investment in 100,000 rivan electric vans in the US, the compact Treo Zo is seemingly well equipped for deliveries on India’s busy roads.
The company clearly sees the country as a massive growth opportunity. Last year the company opened its largest campus in the city of Hyderabad and in February it announced that it would start manufacturing fire TV sticks in the country, making it the first time building a device in the country.