Amazon orders 1,800 electric vans

Amazon has placed an order for 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes Benz for operations in Europe.

The move comes after founder Jeff Bezos recently commented that companies as much as governments had a major role to play in fighting climate change. “We need continued innovation and partnership from auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz to decarbonise the transportation sector and tackle the climate crisis. Amazon is adding 1,800 electric delivery vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as part of our journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world.”

As well as its core delivery fleet, Amazon is to make the zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles available to its Amazon Delivery Service Partners, ensuring breadth and depth to its lower emission deliveries.

It is also great news for Mercedes Benz Vans Europe as this is the largest electric vehicle order the company has had to date. Over 1,200 of the vans are to be the newest EV model in the Mercedes line up – the eSprinter. Meanwhile 600 of the smaller eVito model are on order.

“I am delighted that we are further intensifying our long-standing partnership with Amazon and working together on the battery-electric future of transportation,” noted Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“With the eVito and the eSprinter, we have electric vehicles in our portfolio, which are ideally suited for the requirements of the courier-, express- and parcel-service industry for goods delivery on the so-called ‘last mile’ in terms of their equipment and range. They show that local emission-free driving, convincing performance, comfort and low operating costs can be combined perfectly.”