Battery Smart Partners with Zepto to Accelerate Electric Mobility in India

New collaboration to provide Zepto’s delivery partners access to 1,000+ battery swapping stations, enabling faster, greener, and more efficient deliveries across 30+ cities.

Battery Smart, India’s leading battery swapping network for electric two and three-wheelers, today announced a strategic partnership with Zepto, the nation’s fastest-growing e-grocery and quick commerce service. This collaboration will provide Zepto’s electric vehicle (EV) delivery partners with access to Battery Smart’s expansive network of over 1,000 battery swapping stations, facilitating two-minute battery swaps across more than 30 cities. This initiative will also enable Zepto to deploy 10,000 new electric vehicles to its fleet in the fiscal year 2024-25.

The partnership underscores a broader trend in India’s last-mile delivery sector, where companies are increasingly turning to electric mobility to reap economic and environmental benefits. Currently, EVs account for 20% of the last-mile delivery market in India, aligning with the government’s objective of achieving 30% electrification of the country’s vehicle fleet by 2030.

Yogiraj Gogia, Senior Director of Partnerships and Fleet Business at Battery Smart, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with Zepto to enable greener last-mile deliveries and empower more delivery partners to join the EV revolution. Zepto’s growth over the past year has been remarkable, and now, with access to our growing network of swap stations, we look forward to seeing it scale even further by deploying more EVs to its fleet.”

The alliance between Battery Smart and Zepto aims to facilitate a seamless transition to electric vehicles for both existing and new delivery partners. By utilizing Battery Smart’s Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) model, delivery partners can circumvent the high initial costs of purchasing an EV with a battery, making electric mobility more affordable and accessible.

“At Zepto, we are committed to electrifying our vehicle fleet for more efficient and sustainable last-mile deliveries,” said Vikas Sharma, COO of Zepto. “Our association with Battery Smart gives us access to the country’s largest network of battery swapping stations, ensuring our delivery partners are always in proximity to a swap station, with zero wait time. This will also empower partners to save time, complete more deliveries, and ultimately increase their earnings.”

Battery Smart’s nationwide network spans Tier 1, 2, and 3 cities, including regions such as Haryana, NCR (National Capital Region), Karnataka, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and most recently, Maharashtra. By leveraging Battery Smart’s battery swapping solution, Zepto’s delivery partners will experience zero charging downtimes, ensuring timely deliveries and uninterrupted revenue streams.

This partnership represents a significant step towards a more sustainable and economically viable future for India’s last-mile delivery industry, further accelerating the country’s transition to electric mobility.