Amazon is to take delivery of 20 fully electric Volvo Trucks by the end of the year.
The fleet will be run in Germany where the 20 Volvo FH Electric are expected to drive more than one million road kilometres annually.
“Big actors in the transport business play a key role in leading the industry’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. Therefore I´m glad that Amazon is working with us to help reduce their emissions in longer and heavier transport assignments,” said Jessica Sandström, senior vice president of product management at Volvo Trucks.
Series production of heavy-duty electric trucks was started by Volvo in September.
“Globally we now have six electric truck models ready to order and in series production to meet the increasing demand for decarbonizing goods transports. This is an encouraging step forward for reducing climate change impacts,” added Sandström.
The trucks will replace diesel-engined units on the Amazon fleet which is rapidly electrifying its deliveries.
“Amazon is committed to decarbonising its fleet, and the middle mile has been a notoriously hard-to-abate sector,” explained Andreas Marschner, vice president transportation services Europe at Amazon.
“That’s why welcoming these electric heavy goods vehicles from Volvo into our fleet is such a critical milestone. We’re operating one of the fastest-growing commercial transportation electrification programs, and we’ll continue to invest and innovate to decarbonize and deliver packages to customers with zero emissions,” he added.