Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it had ordered 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz for its European delivery fleet, as part of the online retailer’s plans to operate a carbon-neutral business by 2040.
Most of the electric vehicles from Daimler AG’s car and van division will enter service this year, the company said, adding that it had ordered 1,200 of the larger Mercedes-Benz eSprinter models and 600 of the midsize eVitos.
The order is the largest Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle order to date and includes 800 vans for Germany and 500 for the UK.
However, it is overshadowed by Amazon’s recent order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian Automotive LLC, a startup in which it has invested.
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement that the Daimler deal was part of the retailer’s “journey to build the world’s most sustainable transportation fleet.”
Mercedes-Benz on Friday joined The Climate Pledge, started by Amazon last year, which calls on signatories to have zero carbon emissions in their businesses by 2040. The automaker has previously said it aimed to have a fleet of carbon neutral by 2039.
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