Amazon announced today an agreement with Volvo Trucks for 20 heavy-duty electric trucks, to be delivered to Amazon in Germany by year end.
Fleet decarbonization forms part of Amazon’s strategy to achieve net zero emissions across its operations by 2040. The company has announced significant investments in last-mile delivery EVs.
According to Andreas Marschner, Vice President Transportation Services Europe at Amazon, however, “the middle mile has been a notoriously hard-to-abate sector,” making the Volvo order “a critical milestone.”
“We’re operating one of the fastest-growing commercial transportation electrification programs, and we’ll continue to invest and innovate to decarbonize and deliver packages to customers with zero emissions.”
Volvo’s electric trucks will replace Amazon’s diesel counterparts, increasing electrification initiatives throughout its transportation chain and reducing domestic transport emissions in Germany, 36% of which are currently created by heavy goods and commercial vehicles.
In 2020, Volvo unveiled its heavy duty truck lineup, which began series production last month. The company has set a target to reach 50% battery or fuel cell electric transport by 2030.
Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Volvo Trucks, said:
“Big actors in the transport business play a key role in leading the industry’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint… Globally we now have six electric truck models ready to order and in series production to meet the increasing demand for decarbonizing goods transports. This is an encouraging step forward for reducing climate change impacts.”