SmartE, one of India’s largest EV fleet operators has intensified their latest deal with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). They installed electric rickshaws at a metro station to provide passengers with electric transport on the last mile.
For SmartE, the service in Delhi is an expansion of their existing offers in Gurgaon and Faridabad, where the startup already operates a fleet of over 800 electric three-wheelers.
The service in New Delhi launched at the Dwarka Sector 10 Metro Station. Goldie Srivastava, Co-Founder & CEO of SmartE said at the event: “We look forward to serving nearly 20,000 commuters daily in the first phase of the Delhi Pilot.” He added that the company have had “over a year of successful association with DMRC”.
The electric rickshaws offer last mile connectivity within an area of 3-4 kms around the Metro stations. Fares have been kept at nominal rates of INR 10 for the first 2 kms and at INR 5 for every subsequent kilometre. Customers can pay and book the fully covered trikes via smartphone.
Dedicated charging stations have been set up by Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments, a Public Sector Undertaking along with SmartE partners Exicom Power Solutions.
SmartE claims it delivers 50,000+ rides to DMRC commuters daily and that it has served over 25 million rides without emissions since its founding in October 2015. They plan to roll-out 100,000 electric vehicles by 2022.
The startup is not the only company looking to electrify one of India’s most used means of transport. Ride hail service Ola is currently working to deploy up to 10,000 electric rickshaws within a year (we reported). Ola has been running its electric cab pilot in Nagpur featuring 100 Mahindra e2o electric cars and another 100 EVs as well, including rickshaws. The company says its trial has provided sufficient insights to expand the electric vehicle fleet further.