The order is the biggest for Mercedes-Benz’s electrical autos thus far and contains 800 vans for Germany and 500 for the UK. The entire order contains – 1,200 of Mercedes-Benz’s bigger eSprinter fashions and 600 of the midsize eVitos.
Amazon.com Inc stated on Friday it had ordered 1,800 electrical vans from Mercedes-Benz for its European supply fleet, as a part of the net retailer’s plans to run a carbon impartial enterprise by 2040. A majority of the electrical autos from Daimler AG’s automobile and vans division will go into service this yr, the corporate stated, including that it had ordered 1,200 of Mercedes-Benz’s bigger eSprinter fashions and 600 of the midsize eVitos.
The order is the biggest for Mercedes-Benz’s electrical autos thus far and contains 800 vans for Germany and 500 for the UK.
It’s dwarfed, nonetheless, by Amazon’s latest order for 100,000 electrical supply vans from Rivian Automotive LLC, a startup it has invested in.
Amazon Chief Govt Jeff Bezos stated in a press release the Daimler settlement was a part of the retailer’s “journey to construct essentially the most sustainable transportation fleet on the planet.”
Mercedes-Benz on Friday joined The Local weather Pledge, began by Amazon final yr, which calls on signatories to be internet zero carbon throughout their companies by 2040. The automaker has beforehand stated it was aiming to have a carbon impartial fleet by 2039.
In 2018, Amazon grew to become the largest buyer of Mercedes’ non-electric Sprinter vans, securing 20,000 autos for supply contractors.
“Shifting ahead, we’re prioritizing the addition of electrical autos,” Ross Rachey, Amazon’s director of worldwide fleet and merchandise for last-mile supply informed Reuters.
Different supply firms are pushing for extra electrical fleets. In January United Parcel Service Inc stated it was ordering 10,000 supply vehicles from UK-based Arrival Ltd.
Daimler’s rivals are additionally engaged on bringing electrical vans to market. Ford Motor Co plans an all-electric model of its Transit van in North America in 2022, and Normal Motors Co goals to begin manufacturing of an electrical van in late 2021.
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