Amazon launches e-vehicle hub in London

Amazon has announced the launch of it first UK micromobility hub featuring electric delivery vans, e-cargo bikes, and walkers for more sustainable deliveries in Central London.

In a partnership with the London Borough of Hackney, the new fleet of e-cargo bikes and walkers will directly replace thousands of traditional van trips with a view to reducing traffic congestion.

Amazon has over 1,000 electric delivery vans on the road in the UK, which helped the company deliver more than 45 million packages in 2021.

The hub will supplement Amazon’s existing electric fleet on London’s roads and will result in five million last mile deliveries per year across more than 10 per cent of London’s Ultra Low Emission zone, the company said.

John Boumphrey, UK country manager at Amazon, commented: “Amazon is driving towards a global net-zero carbon future. One way we’re doing that is through the transformation of our transportation networks.

“Our new e-cargo bikes, walkers and growing electric vehicle delivery fleet will help us make more zero emission customer deliveries than ever before across London and the UK in the coming months.”

The e-hub initiative is intended to move the company closer to its Shipment Zero mission in addition to Amazon's plans to roll out large scale solar panel installations at a number of its UK facilities by the end of 2022.

The move aims to help the e-commerce giant meet its commitment to ensure 50 per cent of its shipments hit net-zero carbon by 2030, with the ultimate goal of being net-zero carbon by 2040.

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