Amazon has now announced its intention to invest more than 1 billion euros over the next five years in increasing the use of electric vans, trucks and low-carbon sorting centres within the European Union, which is expected to bring the company closer to carbon neutrality.
As Amazon reported, investment will accelerate innovation in the transport industry as a whole and contribute to the development of charging infrastructure for electric transport, and according to the company, by 2025 it will have more than tripled the electric fleet, from 3,000 to more than 10,000 units, and the company does not report the proportion of Amazon transport directly to customers in Europe today, but reports that in 2021 alone it delivered more than 100 million deliveries through 3,000 electric vans in the region.
It is reported that more than 1,500 electric vehicles are planned to be purchased in the coming years to deliver heavy goods, which are used in deliveries to the sorting centres.
Although many logistics companies, including giants such as UPS and FedEx, have promised to purchase more zero-emission electric vehicles, there are not yet many such vans and trucks, and a number of startups are competing with them in a race to put electric vans and trucks on the market, and giant motorcades such as General Motors, Scania and even Tesla, which have recently promised to start supplying Semi electric trucks since December.
Amazon's largest order is a contract for 100,000 Rivian Automotive electric vans until 2025. As Amazon stated, in addition to electric vehicles, the company is investing in thousands of charging stations in Europe, and there are plans to double the number of "micromobility" habs for the delivery of eco-safe equipment, including freight motors and even foot couriers, which are now being implemented in more than 20 cities to reduce emissions.
The company has already announced its intention to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.