Electronics and Semiconductors

Amazon buys 1,800 electric delivery vans

01 September 2020
1,200 EVs in the order will be the eSprinter vehicles while the remaining 600 vehicles will be the eVito vans. Source: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Vans will supply Amazon with more than 1,800 electric vehicles (EVs) for its delivery fleet in Europe in a commitment to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.

Mercedes-Benz has also joined The Climate Pledge, which includes a goal to make businesses net zero carbon by 2040 as part of the Paris Agreement goal for 2050. Mercedes-Benz is evaluating ways to remove carbon from its entire value chain, from development to the supplier network, including its own production and electrification of products. This also includes using renewable energies for the production of EVs.

The goal is to have a CO2 neutral fleet of cars in less than 20 years. By the end of this year, Mercedes-Benz will have five fully electric models and more than 20 plug-in hybrids in its portfolio.

Mercedes-Benz said the order for the EVs marks the largest order by any manufacturer to date and makes Amazon the largest sustainable transportation partner worldwide. More than 1,200 EVs in the order include the eSprinter, the latest electric commercial van from the automotive OEM. The eSprinter includes safety features such as an electrical parking brake, active brake assist, reverse camera, blind spot assist and more. The remaining 600 vehicles will be the eVito, operating in geographies that require a smaller-format vehicle with access to a zero-emissions delivery option.

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