If you ponder about it, which industry do you think is booming currently? Which sectors are the least affected by pandemics or even more significant problems? It’s the giants like Amazon, Flipkart, and Zomato, leading all economic markets currently. With busy metropolitan lifestyles, people don’t have the time to go shopping or even prepare their food. They take their phones out and pick a relevant product that they need and with a snap of their fingers, order. It happens because they are aware of the reliability and quick delivery by professionals hired by these companies.
A lot of questions might arise when we think about this. If everyone is ordering products repetitively, they must be delivered by a place within a specific mile radius. Can you fathom the staggering amount of pollution carbon-based vehicles might cause to power last-mile deliveries?
What’s the solution to massive amounts of pollution in cities?
There’s an alternative to this situation: accessible, reliable, and economical commutation replacement, e-bikes. E-bikes run on electricity and are charged overnight, unlike other automobiles that burn petrol or diesel, both non-renewable energy resources. But the world keeps extracting and exhausting it, mindless of the fact that we are already on an alarming low in terms of volume. India is the biggest consumer market, with a population of over 1.2 billion. The country’s half-billion millennial demographic is a tapped goldmine for retail and food delivery chains.
Usage of e-bikes for Deliveries
The two most dominant companies in the Indian food delivery market are Zomato and Swiggy, thanks to our consistent cravings. These prominent companies receive more than thirteen million orders in a month. However, because of low-margin revenue structure, contracting supply and demand ratio, overindulging reliance on workers, and cut-throat competition, they are losing a substantial proportion of their revenue. Hence, they are trying many ways to lower the operation price and to have sufficient drivers to meet the ever-growing requirement.
As a result, entailing e-bikes and scooters into the mix can render their current business model profitable. These vehicles are a commercially viable technology that promotes environmental causes leading to fresher air and wallets that aren’t empty. Another significant factor that facilitates the promotion of e-bikes is the fitness endowed on the users. Introducing e-bikes and scooters that entail a substantially insignificant carbon-footprint when compared to its fossil fuel counterparts contribute to cleaner air and the relaxation of the chokehold, pollution rests on urbanising cities.
Correspondingly, Zypp, an ecologically focused start-up aiming to make India carbon-free by offering electric scooters and bikes, strives to transcend the green transition. Currently, the start-up is assisting food delivery partners while powering deliveries of grocery items and essential commodities.
Apart from the profitability and commercial feasibility, greener vehicles have been liberating the urban citizens in the following ways:
- Emancipating the buyers and delivery companies from the high-end maintenance costs.
- If launched extensively, EVs will be cheaper on the pocket of the taxpayers considering the ride-hailing model.
- Electric vehicles can further facilitate last-mile logistics more conveniently and in a greener fashion.
- Assisting citizens to transcend from a dilapidating phase to a world with cleaner air and a sustainable future.
- Curbing the congestion that recklessly snarls the urban roads.
EVs, when imagined 20 years ago, was a dream. Nonetheless, manufacturers concocted the technology, and from this point forward, it is our responsibility as a community to further the idea into the realm of reality. Considering that we substantially owe to the environment, inducting EVs into last-mile delivery services and logistics is the least we can do to retrace the havoc humankind has wrecked.
At current prices, electric bikes and scooters are the greenest affordable technology available to companies to fulfil their corporate responsibility. The paradigm needs a shift today since green energy will, too, run its course until something new, more efficient comes up to make way.