Amazon launches five fully electric trucks

Amazon has launched five fully electric trucks.

The new 37-tonne trucks are set to operate from the retail giant’s fulfilment centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes.

The vehicles are to replace five diesel HGVs, which Amazon said will prevent 170 tonnes of CO2e from being emitted.

The new electric vehicles are the first of nine expected by 2022.

The news comes as more retailers look to electrify their fleets.

In January, John Lewis announced it is replacing its home services fleet with electric vehicles.

The retailer said the trial was part of its commitment to transition 4,000 cars, vans and light trucks to EV by 2030.

“Amazon is one of the first companies in the world to put electric heavy goods trucks on the road,” said John Boumphrey, country manager at Amazon UK. “We’re committed to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040, and this is a milestone as we continue to decarbonise our transportation network so we can deliver more customer orders using zero emissions vehicles.”

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