Amazon launches first fleet of e-cargo bikes in the UK
Amazon has announced the launch of its first UK micromobility hub for more sustainable deliveries across Central London.
E-cargo bikes and walkers from the new hub, along with Amazon's electric fleet already on London’s roads, aim to make over five million deliveries a year across over 10% of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone.
Working with the London Borough of Hackney council, Amazon has created the new hub with plans to make more than one million customer deliveries every year, adding capacity to its fleet of electric vans. Amazon has over 1,000 electric delivery vans on the road in the UK, which last year helped the company deliver more than 45 million packages.
The new fleet of e-cargo bikes and walkers will replace thousands of traditional van trips on London’s roads and also help reduce traffic congestion. The zero emission vehicles will expand further as more e-cargo delivery hubs are expected to launch across UK in the coming months.
The news coincides with the company's plans to roll out large scale solar panel installations at its facilities in Manchester, Coalville, Haydock, Bristol and Milton Keynes before the end of this year, to help power those facilities with renewable energy.
These initiatives help move Amazon closer to its Shipment Zero mission, which will see the company deliver 50% of Amazon shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030 and achieve the "ultimate goal" of being net-zero carbon by 2040.
John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager at Amazon, said: “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.”