The Volvo FH electric semis will be used for larger deliveries within Germany and are expected to tack on about 650,000 miles per year.
The joining of forces: Amazon and Volvo
Volvo’s FH semis come ready to meet the demands of Amazon’s always-on, always-urgent delivery schedule. Each of the semis is expected to travel over 300 miles a day, nearly double what Volvo's previous FH iteration could do. Amazon sees the fleet as a strong step in the right direction of decarbonizing its transport operation.
“Big actors in the transport business play a key role in leading the industry’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. Therefore I’m glad that Amazon is working with us to help reduce their emissions in longer and heavier transport assignments,” said Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Volvo Trucks.
On Amazon’s side, Andreas Marschner, Vice President of Transportation Services Europe, chimed in with, “…welcoming these electric heavy goods vehicles from Volvo into our fleet is such a critical milestone. We’re operating one of the fastest-growing commercial transportation electrification programs, and we’ll continue to invest and innovate to decarbonize and deliver packages to customers with zero emissions.” An economic and environmental win-win.
A greener future for Amazon
While they’re only starting with an order of 20 FH semis from Volvo, it’s doubtful that more isn’t in the cards for Amazon, especially when you look at their decarbonization goals.
Amazon’s aim is to power its operation with 100% renewables by 2025 and work to make 50% of its delivery trucks carbon neutral by 2030. It’s aggressive, but if anyone has the capabilities to do it, it’s the behemoth out of Washington state.
In a press release by Volvo, they stated that 36% of Germany’s carbon footprint comes from domestic commercial transportation. Therefore, any attempt to decarbonize Germany means addressing the number of commercial polluters on the road.
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