Amazon adds 5 eHGVs to UK fleet

Online giant Amazon has added five electric HGVs to its UK fleet. The 37-tonne fully electric HGVs are operating out of Amazon’s fulfilment centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes.

They are to be the first of nine eHGVs on the road by the end of 2022, and according to Amazon are an important milestone towards the electrification of its UK road fleet.

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.”

Transport minister Trudy Harrison said: “It is fantastic to see Amazon and the fleet industry playing its part in the UK’s world-leading plans to clean up our air, boost green jobs and decarbonise our vital transport network.

“Amazon plays a key role in transporting goods to towns and villages up and down the country and I’m pleased to see they are leading the way by going green.

“With the zero-emission market now taking off for even the heaviest HGVs, we’ll be able to move more products around in a way that’s friendlier to our environment while supporting our net-zero mission.”

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