1 Sept 2021
Amazon is Growing Its Sustainable Transportation Network
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Transportation plays a crucial role in Amazon’s vast delivery network. The e-commerce giant aims to achieve zero carbon by the year 2040 in accordance with its climate pledge.
The company is currently working on how to redesign its networks for delivery and has stated it will require some major changes. The climate-oriented plan will mean making changes to its current model of transportation and find alternative solutions with zero carbon footprint.
Amazon has initiated the process and has started developing and testing various alternatives that will become a part of its sustainable transportation ecosystem.
February 2021 saw the introduction of the company’s electric delivery vehicles by Rivian. These vehicles are designed to deliver and will be used in many US cities by the end of the year. Apart from these, Amazon aims to bring 100,000 vehicles by 2030.
In terms of international deliveries, Amazon is partnering with major firms to help achieve its sustainable delivery network. Mercedes Benz has committed to providing Amazon with a fleet of 1800 electric vehicles called the e-sprinter in Europe. The company has also expanded its reach and has partnered with Mahindra Electric in India to strengthen its delivery models.
Amazon is also investing in sustainable infrastructure that will minimize the carbon footprint of its freight carriers and trucks. Along with the development of electric vehicles, the firm aims to install charging stations for all its current partners across the globe.
Other alternatives that are being used are based on micro-mobility. These include a fleet of bicycles with zero-emission and pedal-assist electric bicycles that carry cargo trailers. New York, Tokyo, and Paris are leading cities where amazon has currently deployed its e-cargo bikes.
The climate pledge was started in 2020, in which many companies have invested and supported the development of zero-emission vehicles. Amazon remains to be one of the largest investors of the fund alongside CarbonCure Technologies, Redwood Materials, and BETA Technologies.
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