Zomato today announced its commitment to transition to 100% electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, becoming the first online food delivery service company to join Climate Group’s EV100 campaign. EV100 aims to make electric transport the new normal by gaining commitments from forward-looking companies to accelerate the transition to EVs.
Zomato’s pledge will influence at least 160,000 two-wheelers delivering across multiple cities in the country, making Zomato the largest EV100 member in India. In addition, with India being one of the largest markets for two-wheelers globally, Zomato will work with players across the ecosystem to accelerate adoption of EVs.
The lockdown in the second wave of the pandemic saw an increase in deliveries of food and other essential items, and the demand for such doorstep services was supported by an emerging ecosystem of delivery companies, including Zomato. The electrification of two-wheeler vehicles can set a resilient pathway for mobility in India while making cities cleaner.
With around 20% of orders delivered by cycles, Zomato aims to enable the potential of cleaner transport options and will offset emissions that cannot be mitigated for driving decisive and positive climate action.
Divya Sharma, India Executive Director, Climate Group, said, "Climate Group is thrilled to welcome Zomato as an EV100 member. With its commitment to climate-conscious delivery, and as two-wheelers hold one of the largest shares of mode mix in the country, Zomato will play a key role in accelerating EV adoption in India and expanding its scale. As we enter the decade of ecosystem restoration on this World Environment Day, we urge more Indian companies to lead and invest in corporate climate action in the country."
Jan Thompson, Acting British High Commissioner to India, said, “Electric mobility is playing a vital role in delivering climate and air quality benefits. It is fantastic to see Zomato driving forward such strong leadership towards a global green transition. As hosts of COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, and country ambassador for the Climate Group’s EV100 campaign, the UK is proud to support pioneering initiatives to accelerate electric mobility in India and around the world."
By becoming a member of the EV100 campaign, Zomato has joined a global league of progressive companies taking bolder climate actions. In May, Dalmia Cement and JSW Cement committed to Climate Group’s EV100 campaign with a pledge to electrify heavy-duty vehicles in their operations.