Over the next five years, Amazon will spend more than €1 billion to cut emissions from its fleet of delivery vehicles in Europe, according to its announced rating. It plans to add 1,500 electric long haul trucks and boost the number of electric delivery vehicles from the current 3000 to 10,000. Additionally, it will increase the number of electric cargo bikes for last-mile delivery in crowded cities and promote the development of more public charging stations to aid in the switch to electric vehicles. The corporation claims that it will become net zero by 2040, ten years earlier than the deadline set by the Paris Climate Accords.
According to Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon, “our transportation network is one of the most difficult elements of our business to decarbonize, and to achieve net-zero carbon will need a considerable and continuous investment.” “Deploying thousands of electric vans, long-haul trucks, and bicycles will help us shift further away from traditional fossil fuels—and hopefully further encourage the automotive and transportation sectors in Europe and around the world to continue scaling and innovating, as we will have to work together to reach our climate goals.”
Amazon has opened micro-mobility hubs, which are smaller, centralized delivery stations, in more than 20 cities throughout Europe, including London, Munich, and Paris. By the end of 2025, the company wants that number to have doubled. The hubs allow Amazon to use new delivery techniques, such e-cargo bikes and foot deliveries, to more sustainably transport items to customers in Europe’s customarily crowded cities. Traditional delivery vans are taken off the road by micro-mobility hubs, which reduces traffic in urban areas and improves air quality.
Amazon will also spend thousands of chargers across its European sites in addition to these new vans, micromobility hubs, and automobiles. The money invested will enable the business and its associates to upgrade the fleet charging equipment.
Given the size, weight, and lengthy distances that long-haul transportation must cover, it is particularly challenging to decarbonize. A promising technology, electric heavy goods vehicles are now only available in a few number of locations and do not have the necessary infrastructure for charging. In the UK, Amazon currently operates 5 electric semis, and by the end of the year, 20 electric semis will be operating in Germany.
To help it and other businesses move away from diesel-powered vehicles more swiftly, Amazon is using its size and scale to stimulate the production of more electric heavy trucks. Amazon will construct hundreds of specialized fast chargers across its European facilities to fuel those electric trucks, enabling the corporation to charge the cars in around two hours.
By 2025, Amazon expects to have all of its operations run entirely on renewable energy. This covers activities like data centers, warehouses, retail locations, and corporate offices, together with on-site charging stations. More than 100 renewable energy initiatives are now active or in the planning stages at Amazon across Europe.
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