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Tuesday, 29 March 2022 10:28

Amazon buys fully-electric 37-tonne lorries to join its 1,000 electric van fleet

Amazon has invested in five new electric HGVs for the first time in the UK and Europe, replacing diesel HGVS for transporting customer packages from Amazon's fulfilment centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes, and they'll soon be using faster 360kW charging points at the two sites.

AmazonElectricMiddleMileEdit 34The 37-tonne fully-electric vehicles are now transporting customer packages with zero tailpipe emissions and using battery power. The five vehicles will result in up to 100,000 annual road miles fuelled with renewable electricity instead of diesel, preventing 170 tonnes of CO2e from being emitted. They are the first of nine electric HGVs expected by the end of 2022, joining more than 1,000 electric delivery vans currently on the road in the UK.

Amazon's first electric HGVs in the UK and Europe mark a milestone towards the electrification of its fleet, forming part of Shipment Zero – Amazon's goal to deliver 50% of shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030. Heavy goods vehicles make up around 16 percent of the UK's domestic transport emissions. 

"Amazon is one of the first companies in the world to put electric heavy goods trucks on the road," said John Boumphrey, Amazon UK Country Manager. "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."

Eelco van Veen, DAF Trucks Director Fleet Sales: "We are excited to bring the DAF CF Electric HGV into Amazon's fleet and support their commitment towards The Climate Pledge. The DAF CF Electric truck represents an important step in the industry towards zero emission middle mile distribution."

AmazonElectricMiddleMileEdit 06"This is further proof that the UK's logistics sector continues to be at the forefront of efforts to electrify fleets and transition to zero emissions vehicles," said Investment Minister Lord Grimstone. "Amazon's introduction of its first-ever fully electric heavy goods vehicles in their UK fleet is fantastic news not only for their customers but for our wider efforts to end our contribution to climate change and transition to cleaner modes of transport."

Trudy Harrison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT), said: "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."

In 2020, Amazon ordered battery electric trucks from Lion Electric in the US and began testing hydrogen-powered trucks, while also expanding multi-modal transport to reduce the emissions from road travel. In 2021 it delivered more than 45 million packages in the UK by more sustainable transportation methods, such as electric vans or cargo bikes. 

Since Amazon launched The Climate Pledge in 2019, the company has invested in renewable energy. They claim to be the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Europe, with 3.5GW of renewable energy projects in Europe and 12 GW globally, and state they are on a path to powering its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of the original target of 2030.