By MT Bureau| Jun 23, 2021

Hero Lectro Partners With Fast Despatch Logistics And Turtle Mobility For The Deployment Of E-Bikes In Last-Mile Delivery

Hero Lectro announced a partnership with logistics service providers Fast Despatch Logistics and Turtle Mobility for more significant deployment of Hero’s cargo e-bikes in the last-mile delivery space. Turtle Mobility has agreed to acquire the cargo e-bikes from Hero Lectro to be leased to FDL as part of the partnership. Fast Despatch Logistics plans to add a fleet of 15,000 cargo e-bikes by the end of the year.

Hero recently launched its first Cargo e-bike, the WINN, with plans to launch the second model soon. With its specially crafted storage and load capacity, the light-engineered Hero WINN helps delivery agents overcome the performance anxiety associated with the load limit on other electric vehicles.

Talking about the partnership, Partha Choudhary, President and CEO, Hero Lectro Cargo, said, “Cargo e-bikes are set to emerge as a game-changer for the last mile delivery space as they offer a huge potential for increasing per day shipment capacity and achieving cost optimisation for last-mileservice providers (LSPs) as compared to currently used ICE engine two-wheelers. While a number of e-commerce providers have expressed their intent to turn to e mobility, the industry also needs an ecosystem for implementing this change. Our partnership with FDL and Turtle Mobility is a step towards creating such an ecosystem under which logistics companies will be able to procure cargo e-bikes on lease and roll them out in the last mile delivery space.”

Gurvinder Birk, CEO, Fast Despatch Logistics, said, “Having the best equipment is one of the majors key factors to provide excellence in service. We believe Hero Lectro Winn has the capability in assisting us achieve this. We are extremely excited for FDL and Hero Lectro collaboration in rolling out Hero Lectro Winn in Hyderabad and furthermore very soon.”

Talking about the need for use of cargo e-bikes, Kapil Gupta, Founder, Turtle Mobility, said, “The use of cargo e-bikes has become increasingly commonplace in Western countries for their multiple benefits including low carbon footprint, ease of access, low operational costs as well as cost optimisation for last mile deliveries. It is only a matter of time for cargo e-bikes to become widely relevant in India as well. Our association with Hero Lectro and the viable ecosystem this creates between vehicle suppliers, leasers and last mile operators will help enable more LSPs convert their fleets to cargo e-bikes. It will also help generate work opportunities for self-employed individuals in the informal sector by offering them a more affordable and easily accessible alternative to ICE vehicles”. (MT)

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