Amazon Orders 1,800 Electric Vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans
Mercedes-Benz Vans and Amazon announce the largest order for Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles to date. More than 1,800 battery-electric eVito and eSprinter from Mercedes-Benz Vans will be delivered to Amazon starting this year to be used across Europe.
The order includes around 600 medium-sized eVito and more than 1,200 vehicles of the large-size van eSprinter.
Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans said: "I am delighted that we are further intensifying our long-standing partnership with Amazon and working together on the battery-electric future of transportation.
"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.
"They show that local emission-free driving, convincing performance, comfort and low operating costs can be combined perfectly."
The positioning of the battery in the subside of the vehicles creates a generous interior without any restrictions regarding the loading volume, which is particularly important for delivery services.
The growing online trade and flexible delivery services in recent years not only brought an increase in inner-city traffic, but also lead to increasing local emission-free drives in urbanized areas.
In addition, the preconditions are good for the use of electric vans in the CEP industry: routes can be planned well in advance, are manageable in length and distance and normally there are larger areas near distribution centres of the logistics service providers, which are suitable for the commissioning of corresponding charging infrastructure.
Mercedes-Benz Vans and Amazon Logistics Germany recognized the potential of a collaboration in the field of electric mobility early on, and put the same into operation in 2018.