Amazon is extending plans to eliminate fossil fuel deliveries with the expansion of its UK e-cargo bike fleet with the launch of three further micromobility delivery hubs in Manchester and London.
Unveiled as part of a five year, GBP300m investment in the electrification and decarbonisation of the company’s UK transportation network, e-cargo bikes and walkers are now expected to make 2m deliveries a year.
Amazon opened these new hubs ahead of Black Friday to deliver to customers with reduced emissions deliveries during this busy shopping period. The hubs join an existing central London e-cargo bike fleet announced in July.
Amazon claims to gave already made 5m deliveries so far in 2022 using its e-cargo bikes and electric van fleet within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone.
Making e-cargo bike deliveries to Manchester’s customers for the first time, an electric delivery fleet will operate across the city. New delivery hubs based in London’s Wembley and Southwark will also triple the e-cargo bike fleet in the capital.
Amazon also this week announced further micromobility expansion plans across France and Italy. E-cargo bikes and on-foot deliveries are now operational from hubs in 20 cities across Europe. In addition to this delivery fleet expansion, Amazon is investing in thousands of chargers at European facilities.
John Boumphrey, UK country manager, said: “These new hubs support local authorities looking for ways to reduce congestion and find alternative transportation methods.”
Amazon operates 1,000 electric delivery vans in the UK in addition to five fully electric, 37 tonne heavy goods vehicles replacing traditional diesel trucks.