Amazon strengthens its European delivery fleet with 1,800 electric vehicles
Date: 08 September 2020
German car manufacturer Mercedes-benz has joined Amazon’s climate pledge and provided it with 1,800 electric vans.
800 to be used in Germany, 500 in the UK
According to Amazon, most of the new vehicles are due to enter service this year. More than 1,200 EVs in the order will be comprised of the newest electric commercial van available at Mercedes-Benz – the eSprinter, a larger model than the manufacturer’s first zero-emission vehicle, the eVito.
The eSprinter includes state-of-the-art safety features including, electrical parking brake, active brake assist, reverse camera, blind spot assist, and more. The remaining 600 vehicles will be comprised of the manufacturer’s midsize electric van, the eVito, to give Delivery Service Partners operating in geographies that require a smaller-format vehicle access to a zero-emissions delivery option.
Signatories of Amazon’s climate pledge aim to become carbon-neutral by 2040.
The deal comes after Amazon’s recent order of 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian Automotive, a California-based start-up in which it has invested heavily.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, commented: “We welcome the bold leadership demonstrated by Mercedes-Benz by signing up to The Climate Pledge and committing to ambitious action to address climate change. We need continued innovation and partnership from auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz to decarbonize the transportation sector and tackle the climate crisis.
“Amazon is adding 1,800 electric delivery vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as part of our journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world, and we will be moving fast to get these vans on the road this year.”
Meanwhile, Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, said: “At Mercedes-Benz, we have set ourselves the ambitious target to make the transformation of mobility a success story. By joining ‘The Climate Pledge’ we are building on our goal to consistently pursue emission-free mobility and sustainable vehicle production.
“We stand with Amazon, Global Optimism and the other signatories of The Climate Pledge, in a commitment to being net zero carbon by 2040 – ten years ahead of The Paris Agreement. I am pleased that we will be able to gain even more momentum on our sustainability offensive with this step.”