Aug 9: Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA will be embracing an eco-friendly path to get their products home delivered to its customers. On August 9, the company will be revealing its new electric three wheelers that will be unveiled along with its first store opening in India.
The eco-friendly autos have been designed by Gayam Motor Works, a startup based in Hyderabad. The vehicles are also equipped with battery swapping facility, which the company says take less than one minute. Charging pods will be installed by IKEA at store campuses.
Three e-autos have been procured by IKEA from Gayam Motor Works, and these will be operated by GATI, the logistic partner of IKEA. The usage of e-vehicles by IKEA is also expected to contribute the growth of EV in India.
The e-autos are expected to cover 20% of the company’s delivery fleet, and are expected to be put in service across other cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. India is the only country where IKEA is making delivery services available along with purchase.
IKEA, which holds a sustainability vision for its stores across the world, opines that the move will help push other companies to take steps towards improving the EV infrastructure of the country. IKEA is also planning to introduce electric bus for its workers in Hyderabad.
IKEA, which is opening its first store in India at Hyderabad on August 9th, will offer over 7500 products to the customers at attractive prices. Online shopping hasn’t been made available, but users can access the official site to see the pricing of the products available in the offline stores. IKEA has a total of 403 stores located in 49 countries.