(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O explained on Friday it had ordered 1,800 electrical vans from Mercedes-Benz for its European shipping fleet, as section of the on line retailer’s plans to run a carbon neutral enterprise by 2040.
A bulk of the electric powered cars from Daimler AG’s DAIGn.DE vehicle and vans division will go into services this calendar year, the business claimed, including that it experienced purchased 1,200 of Mercedes-Benz’s larger sized eSprinter types and 600 of the midsize eVitos.
The purchase is the most significant for Mercedes-Benz’s electric powered automobiles to date and features 800 vans for Germany and 500 for the United Kingdom.
It is dwarfed, having said that, by Amazon’s the latest get for 100,000 electric powered shipping vans from Rivian Automotive LLC, a startup it has invested in.
Amazon Chief Government Jeff Bezos stated in a statement the Daimler arrangement was part of the retailer’s “journey to create the most sustainable transportation fleet in the globe.”
Mercedes-Benz on Friday joined The Local weather Pledge, started off by Amazon last calendar year, which calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their enterprises by 2040. The automaker has previously stated it was aiming to have a carbon neutral fleet by 2039.
In 2018, Amazon turned the most important customer of Mercedes’ non-electrical Sprinter vans, securing 20,000 automobiles for shipping contractors.
“Moving ahead, we are prioritizing the addition of electrical autos,” Ross Rachey, Amazon’s director of worldwide fleet and solutions for previous-mile supply told Reuters.
Other delivery businesses are pushing for extra electric powered fleets. In January United Parcel Assistance Inc UPS.N stated it was buying 10,000 delivery vans from Uk-dependent Arrival Ltd.
Daimler’s rivals are also functioning on bringing electric vans to current market. Ford Motor Co F.N options an all-electrical variation of its Transit van in North America in 2022, and Normal Motors Co GM.N aims to start off output of an electric van in late 2021.
Reporting by Nick Carey Enhancing by Tom Brown