Amazon has partnered with Mercedes Benz to introduce 1800 high-tech electric delivery vehicles into its fleet.
As part of its pledge to “build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world”, Amazon is preparing to roll out the new vans across Europe this year.
It comes as Mercedes joins Amazon in signing The Climate Pledge, in which it pledges to have net zero carbon emissions across its entire businesses by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement goal of 2050.
This is the largest order of electric vehicles Mercedes has had to date, which includes 1200 of the manufacturer’s newest electric commerce van the eSprinter, while the remaining 600 vehicles will be its older and smaller sized eVito models.
Amazon says the roll out of these vans will help save thousands of metric tonnes of carbon, and
“Amazon’s investment is a strong and concrete sign of its commitment and alignment to EU priorities,” vice president at the European Parliament Fabio Massimo Castaldo said.
“Amazon continues to contribute to the achievement of the EU Green Deal goals, foster technological innovation and generate resilient and sustainable jobs in Europe. I hope that other corporations will follow Amazon’s example in the near future.”