The company has also offered trucks to transport essential goods across the country
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen every automaker in India step forward with help and support towards those in need. VE Commercial Vehicles has also offered their services to help those directly affected by this pandemic that has taken over the entire world. VECV has also announced a series of aid measures to help local communities, health care workers and law enforcement workers at this time.
In terms of food, VECV has been distributing food packets which are being prepared at the company’s two plants at Pithampur and Dewas. To date, a total of 1,20,000 such packets have been distributed, with 4,500 packets per day being distributed to the weaker sections of society. Around 500 construction workers in Bhopal are being given both food and sanitation kits via the local NGO – Action Air.
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The company has also donated generously to the local and regional Government authority funds that include the CM Relief Fund, District Magistrate/ Collectors COVID-19 Fund and the Dhar Collectors Fund.
VECV has also donated food, masks and sanitizers to over 1000 drivers through Driver Pragati Kendras and handed over hygiene kits to drivers at Transport Nagar and Singhu border in Delhi, along with Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi Traffic Police and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
VECV has also undertaken sanitization of 1,600 trucks at airports at Mumbai and Delhi airports and taken care of those drivers who have been stranded due to the sudden announcement of the lockdown.
The company has also extended support to its customers in the form of extended warranty and free service along with extended AMC for two months. VECV has also announced that over 102 EOS vans – 24×7 Eicher on the Road Service will be made available during emergencies along with 65 site support teams by Volvo Trucks. For the law enforcement personnel, VECV has distributed masks and sanitizers along with 5,000 Personal Protection Equipment to healthcare personnel.
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In view of the impact of the coronavirus, VECV has seen an 82.7 percent decline in total monthly sales to just 1,499 units in the past month. The company had sold 8,676 units in the same month of the past year. Domestic sales dipped from 7,329 units in March 2019 to 1,409 units last month, a decline of 80.8 percent while exports also dipped 94.5 percent last month to just 67 units as against 1,216 units exported in March 2019.