Amazon adds first fully electric HGVs to UK fleet
Amazon has launched five electric heavy goods vehicles within its UK delivery fleet as part plans to become net-zero carbon by 2040.
The 37-tonne fully electric vehicles, which have replaced diesel HGVs, are now operating from the online retail giant’s fulfilment centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes.
Amazon said the move will result in up to 100,000 annual road miles being fuelled with renewable electricity instead of diesel, and prevent 170 tonnes of CO2e from being emitted. The retailer expects to have nine electric HGVs by the end of 2022 to add to its fleet of over 1,000 electric delivery vans.
The move forms part of Shipment Zero, Amazon’s goal to deliver 50% of shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030.
John Boumphrey, Amazon UK country manager, said: “Amazon is one of the first companies in the world to put electric heavy goods trucks on the road. We’re committed to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040, and this is a milestone as we continue to decarbonise our transportation network so we can deliver more customer orders using zero emissions vehicles.”
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