The vans will be added to Amazon’s European delivery fleet.
There will be 1,200 eSprinter vans and 600 medium-sized eVito vans.
The vans will hit the road this year.
Amazon’s order for 1,800 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz for its European operations might not be on the same scale at its order for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian, but the big difference is that the eSprinter and eVito will start delivering packages very soon.
The smaller Mercedes-Benz eVito van will be dedicated to inner-city deliveries. Its 41 kWh battery will fuel an 85 kW (116 hp) electric motor mounted upfront and deliver 150 km (93 miles) of range calculated according to the WLTP procedure.
The larger eSprinter will feature the same electric motor however it will be fed by a larger 55 kWh battery which will provide 168 km of range. The larger van will have a maximum load rating of up to 1,045 kg or 2,300 lbs.
The businesswire.com reports that Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, had this to say about the order: “We welcome the bold leadership demonstrated by Mercedes-Benz by signing up to The Climate Pledge and committing to ambitious action to address climate change. We need continued innovation and partnership from auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz to decarbonize the transportation sector and tackle the climate crisis. Amazon is adding 1,800 electric delivery vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as part of our journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world, and we will be moving fast to get these vans on the road this year.”
“At Mercedes-Benz, we have set ourselves the ambitious target to make the transformation of mobility a success story. By joining ‘The Climate Pledge’ we are building on our goal to consistently pursue emission-free mobility and sustainable vehicle production,” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “We stand with Amazon, Global Optimism and the other signatories of The Climate Pledge, in a commitment to being net-zero carbon by 2040 – ten years ahead of The Paris Agreement. I am pleased that we will be able to gain even more momentum on our sustainability offensive with this step.”