New Delhi: Mahindra Logistics Limited (MLL), an integrated third-party logistics (3PL) service provider, on Thursday announced the launch of its cargo last-mile delivery service under the brand name ‘EDel’.
Known for its 3PL services, MLL enters the new service line of sustainable last-mile logistics with ‘EDel’ for customers in e-commerce, FMCG and other markets.
EDel would initially operate in six cities, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata, and expand to a total of 14 cities in the next 12 months, the company said in a release.
According to Mahindra Logistics, EDel will have multiple offerings, including package and trip-based services. These offerings will provide customers with a scalable, sustainable and cost-efficient solution.
With a load capacity and enhanced range that compares well with the existing ICE options, EDel will give customers in the e-commerce, FMCG, pharmaceutical, consumer durables and electronics industries a significant edge in efficient and responsible distribution and last-mile delivery solutions.
EDel will deploy a fleet of EVs starting with 3W vehicles, designed for cargo applications, the company said. The fleet will be deployed by MLL in collaboration with its supply partners. MLL will also be establishing a network of dedicated charging infrastructure for its EV operations under EDel with a connected telematics platform to enable customer experience, vehicle & battery utilisation and network management.
In Phase 1, EDel is focused on deploying a fleet of 1,000 vehicles. The initial focus will be on 3W cargo applications, and EDel will primarily utilise the Treo Zor EV by Mahindra Electric. In future, MLL will also evaluate expanding to 4W and other electric delivery options. The fleet will be expanded along with business partners with an aspiration to continue scaling and offering employment and business partner opportunities in the communities we operate in.
Rampraveen Swaminathan, managing director and CEO, Mahindra Logistics Limited, said, “EDel exemplifies our collective vision of the Future of mobility – a sustainable ecosystem that brings logistics solutions to customers across the world. Demand for last-mile services continues to grow across India, and we believe electric vehicles provide an ideal long-term solution for the emerging imperatives around sustainability and cost-effectiveness. EDel is a key lever of our approach to sustainability. At Mahindra Logistics, we deeply believe in the need to adopt environment-friendly solutions, and our business practices are aligned accordingly.”
EDel services can be seen in Bengaluru immediately, followed by New Delhi and the other four cities in the first phase of its launch.