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Amazon hands Mercedes-Benz its biggest electric vehicle order to date

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Conrad Doyle | 29 August, 2020, 18:29

German auto giant Mercedes-Benz announced its largest order of electric vehicles to date Friday: 1,800 electric delivery vans for retail giant Amazon to use across Europe.

"With the eVito and the eSprinter, we have electric vehicles in our portfolio, which are ideally suited for the requirements of the courier-, express- and parcel-service industry for goods delivery on the so-called "last mile" in terms of their equipment and range".

The majority of the cars will go into service this year as part of the European fleet, the company said, adding that it had ordered 1,200 of Mercedes-Benz's larger eSprinter models and 600 of the midsize eVitos. The initial announcement of the new target was made alongside the unveiling of the largest order of EVs to date globally, with the company committing to buy 100,000 vans from United States start up Rivian.

Amazon, which is increasingly delivering shipments with its own staff or contractors instead of relying on major carriers, previous year announced a deal to buy 100,000 custom-built electric vans made by Rivian Automotive Inc. Mercedes-Benz joined the pledge on Friday, after previously promising to have a carbon neutral fleet by 2039 - by the end of 2020, it plans to have five fully-electric models and more than 20 plug-in hybrids.

For the 1,800 electric delivery vans on order, innovation is relative.

The transport sector, including the surge in deliveries from online retailers like Amazon, is a major source of carbon emissions.

The eSprinter can take a maximum payload of 900 kilograms while it can run for up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) as per the company's announcement previous year.

In 2018, Amazon became the biggest customer of Mercedes' non-electric Sprinter vans, securing 20,000 vehicles for delivery contractors.

"At Mercedes-Benz, we have set ourselves the ambitious target to make the transformation of mobility a success story". A Daimler spokesman said that by having the unit sign the Climate Pledge, the company is reinforcing its commitments and is "excited to join a community that will share knowledge, ideas and best practices". Amazon recently added 340 charging stations and operates more than 150 electric delivery vehicles every day at its distribution centre in Essen together with a Mercedes partner. "They show that local emission-free driving, convincing performance, comfort and low operating costs can be combined perfectly".

At the same time, big companies such as Amazon increasingly are making global climate commitments in an effort to stay competitive, protect their brands, meet mandates and retain employees. As part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally and has committed to run on 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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