Home delivery giant Amazon is to add 800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz to its UK fleet as part of a deal for more than 1,800 electric Mercedes-Benz vans across its European fleets.
More than 1,200 of the electric vans on order will be the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter, with the eVito making up the remaining vehicles. The UK allocation, however, will all be for the larger electric Sprinter van.
In addition to the large new fleet deal, Mercedes has also signed up to The Climate Pledge – an Amazon instigated initiative – where companies commit to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 – a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement goal of 2050.
Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners will use the new fleet of zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries to customers in Europe this year, cutting out a minimum of 185g/km of CO2 emitted by a combustion engine Sprinter van.
“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 decarbonise the transportation sector and tackle the climate crisis,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.
"I am delighted that we are further intensifying our long-standing partnership with Amazon and working together on the battery-electric future of transportation," said Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “With the eVito and the eSprinter, we have electric vehicles in our portfolio, which are ideally suited for the requirements of the courier-, express- and parcel-service industry for goods delivery on the so-called ‘last mile’ in terms of their equipment and range."
As part of the green fleet investment, Amazon has also committed to powering its electric fleet with renewable engery. Its aim is to run on 100% renewable energy by 2025, and has 91 renewable energy projects currently in place across the world with the capacity to generate over 2,900 MW and produce more than 7.5 million MWh of energy annually.