18 Dec Amazon deploys Mercedes-Benz Electric Vehicles in Romford
The Amazon delivery station in Romford has rolled out a fleet of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles as part of The Climate Pledge – Amazon’s commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.
In August 2020, Amazon announced plans to add more than 1,800 electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans to its EU delivery fleet, this year, including more than 500 in the UK.
In the Romford delivery station, small independent logistics companies have access to more than 30 zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries to Amazon customers, helping to save tens of thousands of metric tons of carbon.
Kerry-Anne Lawlor, UK Country Director for Amazon Logistics said: “Amazon has added electric delivery vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as part of our journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world, and have been moving fast to get these vans on the road this year.”
Oluwakemi Lasisi, owner of Four Seasons Logistics Limited, said: “It’s really exciting to have our first electric vehicles on the road in Romford and the response from drivers and customers has been fantastic.”
Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans said: “I am delighted that we are further intensifying our long-standing partnership with Amazon and working together on the battery-electric future of transportation.”
Amazon is committed to supporting its delivery service partners in deploying electric vehicle fleets powered by clean energy. As part of The Climate Pledge, the company is investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally and has pledged to run on 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Amazon also recently announced plans to add 26 utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, totalling 3.4 GW of electricity production capacity, bringing its total investment in renewable energy in 2020 to 35 projects and more than 4 GW of capacity — the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year. These new projects will make the company the largest-ever corporate purchaser of renewable energy.