Amazon has announced that it has placed orders for 1,200 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter zero-emission vans and 600 eVito mid-sized electric vans. The new vehicles will make up part of its European delivery fleet and bring the company closer to achieving The Climate Pledge.
As part of the arrangement, Mercedes-Benz has also announced that it is becoming a member of The Climate Pledge which calls on signatories to become net-zero carbon across their business ten years before the Paris Agreement goal of 2050.
Commenting on the new vans, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, said:
“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, and we will be moving fast to get these vans on the road this year.”
Regarding Mercedes-Benz joining The Climate Pledge, Bezos said:
“We welcome the bold leadership demonstrated by Mercedes-Benz by signing up to The Climate Pledge and committing to ambitious action to address climate change. We need continued innovation and partnership from auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz to decarbonize the transportation sector and tackle the climate crisis.”
Amazon’s purchase of the vehicles marks a milestone for Mercedes-Benz Vans as this is its largest single order of electric vehicles to date. Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners will begin to use the new vehicles later this year, ultimately reducing their carbon emissions by thousands of metric tonnes.