INDIA – WayCool Foods, a leading Fast Consumer Goods Company in India, will begin using electric three-wheelers for intra-city deliveries in Bengaluru in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions and improve its sustainability profile.

To make the transition to electric-mobility possible, WayCool has partnered with Pune-based third party logistics services provider FM Logistic which will provide the e-vehicles for last mile delivery.

The vehicles will be particularly used in delivering WayCool products to local kirana stores, supermarkets as well as end consumers in Bengaluru.

“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 fulfil their delivery commitments within the city,” FM Logistics said in a statement.

After securing the distribution partnership with WayCool, FM logistics now has its eyes on expanding its fleet portfolio and geographical reach.

In the statement, the logistics company said that it plans to deploy at least 50 EVs (electric vehicles) in its operations and expand geographical areas under its green distribution network before the end of the year.

“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,” said Alexander Amine Soufiani, Managing Director – FM Logistic India.

WayCool is committed towards sustainable actions and innovations to drive efficiency across the agri-commerce value chain, says Amrit Bajpai, COO, WayCool Foods.

“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,” Amrit added.

Food manufacturing companies globally have become increasingly concerned about the carbon footprint of their transport and logistics operations.

To be truly carbon neutral, these companies agree that that phasing out vehicles powered by fossil fuels from their operations will be a critical step.

In keeping up with its sustainability commitments, American multinational snack and beverage company, PepsiCo recently announced that it is moving beyond the electric truck pilot program and is embarking on a large-scale transition of its fleet to electric and other zero-emission technologies.

The company has a goal of has a goal of converting a large portion of the 27,000 trucks and vans that move its products to more sustainable technologies.

So far, it has been able to  cut the greenhouse gas emissions of the fleet at one of its US site in half and the diesel use by 78 percent by using 60 vehicles that run off batteries, natural gas and renewable natural gas.

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