Amazon to triple the number of electric delivery vehicles in Europe to 10,000

Amazon plans to triple the number of electric delivery trucks it uses in Europe and significantly increase the number of electric long-haul trucks in its fleet.

Amazon announced that will spend more than €1 billion over the next five years to reduce emissions from its fleet of delivery vehicles in Europe.

It aims to increase the number of electric delivery vehicles from the current 3,000 to 10,000, and will add 1,500 long-haul electric trucks.

In addition, will add more electric cargo bikes for last mile distribution in congested cities and encourage more public charging infrastructure to support the transition to electric cars. The company says it plans to achieve net zero status by 2040, 10 years ahead of the goal set by the Paris climate accords.

Our transportation network is one of the most challenging areas of our business to decarbonize, and achieving zero carbon will require substantial and sustained investment. The deployment of thousands of electric vans, long-distance trucks and bicycles will help us move even further away from traditional fossil fuels, and we hope to further encourage the transport and automotive industries in Europe and around the world to continue to evolve and innovate, because we will need to work together to achieve our climate goals.

Andy Jassy, ​​CEO of Amazon.

Amazon launched micro mobility hubs, smaller, more central delivery stations, in more than 20 cities across Europe, including London, Munich and Paris, and plans to double that number by the end of 2025. In traditionally dense European cities, hubs enable Amazon to use new delivery methods, like electric cargo bikes and foot deliveries, to get packages to customers in a more sustainable way. Micromobility hubs are taking traditional delivery vans off the road, easing traffic congestion in urban centers and improving air quality.

In addition to these new vans and micromobility centers and vehicles, Amazon will also invest in thousands of chargers at its European facilities. The investment will allow the company and its partners to improve the fleet’s charging equipment.

Long-distance transport is particularly difficult to decarbonise, given the size and weight of the trucks and the long distances they have to travel. Heavy-duty electric vehicles are a promising technology, but their current availability is limited and the charging infrastructure they need is lacking. Today, Amazon has 5 electric semi-trailers in the UK and will have 20 in Germany by the end of this year.

Amazon is using its size and scale to encourage the production of more electric heavy trucksso that it and other companies can move away from diesel-powered trucks more quickly. To power these electric trucks, Amazon will build hundreds of specialized fast chargers at its European facilities, allowing the company to charge the vehicles in about two hours.

Amazon is on track to power all of its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. This includes operations such as data centers, logistics facilities, physical stores and corporate offices, including onsite charging points.

Currently, Amazon has over 100 renewable energy projects underway or underway across Europe.

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