One of India’s leading tyre manufacturers, Apollo Tyres, has announced that it will use EVs to conduct last-mile deliveries. Via this pilot initiative, Apollo Tyres has taken its first step towards reducing its carbon footprint across its value chain. Using this initiative, the company will deliver tyres from its regional distribution centre (RDC) to multiple Business Partners in Bengaluru. By utilising EVs, Apollo Tyres intends to address the growing concern of environmental pollution and mitigate the impact of climate change.
Steps towards a sustainable future
According to Apollo Tyres, the use of EVs falls under Scope 3 or Value Chain Emissions, referring to carbon emission reduction. This also entails the reduction of emissions from the value chain of any entity, including upstream and downstream activities. Apollo Tyres also states that tyre manufacturing sports a large value chain from which emissions emanate from its activities. Therefore, these activity-based emissions contribute towards the overall carbon footprint, which the company ensures to monitor and report annually.
Apollo Tyres also stated that it’s making concerted efforts to reduce its footprint across its activities, including the value chain. Additionally, the company is actively trying to increase the share of sustainable raw materials in its product throughout India. Along with gradually increasing the share of renewable energy within its manufacturing locations, Apollo Tyres is conducting several other initiatives. The company wholeheartedly believes that undertaking several other initiatives and conducting last-mile deliveries by EVs will secure a sustainable future.
In October 2021, Apollo Tyres launched the premium European tyre brand Vredestein which caters to luxury vehicles in India. By utilising its advanced manufacturing facilities in India, Vredestein will provide tyres for premium two-wheelers thanks to the growing superbike segment. Vredestein introduced the Ultrac Vorti Premium tyres for luxury OEMs such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, and Volvo.
Meanwhile, the brand’s Utrac tyres cater towards premium hatchbacks and sedans like the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Baleno. Vredestein also ensured to launch the Centauro NS and ST tyres for India’s sport-touring and super-sports range of motorcycles. The brands that offer these bikes are BMW, Ducati, Aprilia, Triumph, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, and Yamaha.