This is a major bet for the future for Amazon. The e-commerce giant has set itself the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. To achieve this, Jeff Bezos’ firm is relying on electric vehicles and planes.
The company is also in the footsteps of other large technology companies. Thus, Facebook already uses 100% renewable energy for its activities. For its part, Apple also wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Three-digit return on Amazon’s colossal investments in electricity.
1 billion investment to electrify Amazon’s delivery fleet
This is the latest information from the side of the company. Amazon will spend $1 billion to electrify its delivery fleet in Europe over the next five years. In detail, the company plans to buy 10,000 “last mile” vans used for very short trips to deliver packages.
According, Electrek, several vehicles are affected, including the Tesla Semi, the Freightliner eCascadia and the electric Volvo VNR. This major investment will be accompanied by the installation of thousands of chargers in the various Amazon premises in Europe.
100,000 Rivian delivery vans ordered by Amazon
Amazon does not skimp on resources and has decided to run 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vehicles within ten years. As announced in 2019, this project is currently being deployed. During the presentation, the manufacturer explained that its van is capable of traveling more than 240 kilometers on a single charge.
The e-commerce giant also explained that Rivian is the only company that fully meets its expectations. We do not yet have exact figures, but no less than 10,000 vehicles should be deployed by the end of 2022.
680 kilos of goods transported by electric plane
This is one of the other big bets of the firm of Jeff Bezos. To meet its environmental commitments, Amazon has invested in BETA Technologies, a manufacturer of electric aircraft.
Its best-known model, the Alia eVTO, is capable of transporting 680 kilos of goods, the equivalent of three pallets or six people, with a range of 402 kilometres. It’s a long-term bet, because Beta Techonologies should only deliver its first device in 2024.
Amazon funded this operation using its $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund. The company states that ” the development of sustainable and low-carbon technologies will facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy and protect the planet for future generations. »