Mercedes-Benz has joined The Climate Pledge and has delivered more than 1,800 electric vehicles to Amazon’s Delivery Fleet in Europe.

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:

  • Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis.
  • Implement decarbonisation strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business change and innovation, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.
  • Take actions to neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

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.”

Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners will have access to the new fleet of zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries to customers in Europe this year, helping to save thousands of metric tons of carbon. The order is a milestone for Mercedes-Benz Vans, marking the largest order of electric vehicles for the manufacturer to date, and makes Amazon its largest sustainable transportation partner worldwide. More than 1,200 EVs in the order will be comprised of the newest electric commercial van available at Mercedes-Benz – the eSprinter, a larger model than the manufacturer’s first zero-emission vehicle, the eVito. The eSprinter includes state-of-the-art safety features including, electrical parking brake, active brake assist, reverse camera, blind spot assist, and more. The remaining 600 vehicles will be comprised of the manufacturer’s midsize electric van, the eVito, to give Delivery Service Partners operating in geographies that require a smaller-format vehicle access to a zero-emissions delivery option.

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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