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Evify Electrifies Non-Metro Cities with EV Last-Mile Delivery!

India's electric vehicle (EV) market is projected to reach nearly $114 billion by 2029, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 66.5%, according to a report by Fortune Business Insights. This rapid expansion in the EV sector is driven by the government's emphasis on sustainable mobility, increased venture capital investment in the industry, and growing consumer acceptance.

Evify, a startup based in Surat, is carving a niche for itself by focusing on logistics in non-metro cities. Established in 2021, Evify operates a hub where riders can pick up an EV for deliveries and return it at the end of the day, with the company handling vehicle maintenance. Currently operating in Surat and Ahmedabad, Evify has facilitated 11 lakh deliveries in the past year.

Co-founder and CEO Devrishi Arora sheds light on Evify's approach, challenges in the e-mobility sector, and the role of technology in overcoming these obstacles.

What are the key challenges in the e-mobility space?

Coming from a non-metro city, the lack of infrastructure poses a major challenge for EV operations. This includes a scarcity of charging stations, leading to inconvenience for EV users. Additionally, delivery riders often lack awareness of the benefits and savings associated with EVs. High initial costs, especially in states like Gujarat with elevated RTO charges, along with a shortage of repair stations, add to the expenses.

Concerns regarding EV range and charging infrastructure persist, particularly in Tier II cities with longer distances. Limited availability of EVs and components, coupled with inadequate after-sales service, also hinders adoption. Overcoming perceptions of EVs as less reliable requires building client confidence, which Evify achieves through pilot projects.

How is technology being used to address these challenges?

Evify has equipped all its vehicles with telematics devices, enabling geofencing, remote immobilization, and analysis of rider driving patterns and idle times. This technology provides control over the fleet and enhances rider management. The company is developing a comprehensive tech platform to analyze rider and battery data, manage clients and vendors, and streamline repairs and maintenance.

What has been Evify's performance since inception?

Evify commenced operations in September 2021 with 30 vehicles serving Big Basket in Surat. Today, it operates close to 500 vehicles, catering to major clients like Zomato, Swiggy, and Flipkart in Surat and Ahmedabad. The startup has raised $1.3 million from GVFl and Piper Serica as VC investors and aims to expand to Vadodara and other cities, targeting a fleet of 10,000 vehicles in the next two years.

What are your short-term and long-term goals?

In the short term, Evify plans to expand its presence in Gujarat's major cities and achieve a fleet size of 5,000 vehicles by the end of the next financial year. The company also aims to establish a robust EV ecosystem in these cities through collaborations and awareness campaigns.

Long-term goals include evolving into a green logistics service provider, implementing green warehousing practices, and offering comprehensive mid-mile delivery solutions in partnership with drop delivery services.


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