Amazon has launched five electric Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in its delivery fleet for the first time in the UK.
The 37-tonne fully-electric vehicles are now operating from Amazon’s fulfilment centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes, transporting customer packages with zero tailpipe emissions and using battery power.
The five vehicles replace diesel HGVs, resulting in up to 100,000 annual road miles fuelled with renewable electricity instead of diesel, preventing 170 tons 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 an important 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 and Amazon’s commitment will help play a role in reducing the carbon footprint of the UK transportation sector.
Using the latest innovations in battery technology, the electric trucks will soon be using first-of-their-kind fast 360 kW electric charging points at Amazon’s Tilbury and Milton Keynes sites.
Eelco van Veen, DAF Trucks Director Fleet Sales added: “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.”
Amazon Zero-Emission Goal
Amazon continues to focus on reducing carbon emissions in middle-mile transportation. This includes piloting a range of alternative delivery methods in collaboration with local partners to increase efficiency and reduce emissions.
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.
The company is also evolving how it delivers packages to customers.
In 2021, Amazon delivered more than 45 million packages in the UK by more sustainable transportation methods, such as electric vans or cargo bikes. Amazon customers will see more zero-emission vehicles hitting the roads as Amazon continues to expand its fleet.
The launch of these vehicles is another sign of Amazon's dedication to reducing its carbon emissions and its focus on becoming a sustainable business. By doing so, they will be one of the first companies in the world to put electric heavy goods trucks on the road, and will also be much likelier to hit their goal net-zero carbon by 2040.