September 22 2020.
This order marks the largest electric vehicle commitment for Mercedes-Benz Vans to date. The electric vehicles from this order will begin making deliveries to customers in 2020, helping to save thousands of metric tons of carbon.
The Climate Pledge was co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism, is a commitment to reach net zero carbon by 2040—ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement. Companies which sign the pledge have to agree to:
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said:
“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.”
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, said:
“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. 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.”
Mercedes-Benz is combatting climate change by making a goal to have a CO2-neutral fleet of new cars in less than 20 years. The company is already making significant progress, and "by the end of this year, the vehicle portfolio will comprise five fully electric models and more than 20 plug-in hybrids"
Electric cars offer compelling financial incentives for business and personal purchasers. These benefits include Significantly Reduced Company Car Tax (benefit-in-kind) for company car drivers, the UK Plug-in Car Grant of £3,000 for some models, 100% first year enhanced capital allowance, Reduced Employer Class 1A National Insurance Contributions (company cars only), Exemption from London Congestion Charge, London Ultra Low Emission Zone Exemption, Salary sacrifice scheme available to business drivers as well as well as Significantly Reduced BiK Taxation for Company Car Drivers.
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