In logistics, the last mile refers to the final delivery stage up to the delivery of the parcel to the customer. For Amazon customers in the Ruhr area, it has become more sustainable thanks to the new delivery station in Essen. This is where the largest deployment of electric mobility in the German Amazon logistics network to date takes place. The delivery station in Essen is equipped with 340 charging stations and operates over 150 electric delivery vehicles every day to deliver Amazon parcels to customers in the Ruhr area. No other location in Europe uses more charging points.
“The new delivery station in Essen, Germany, is an example: E-mobility is already present in parcel delivery. The secure 180 jobs of the growing network of Amazon Logistics delivery stations are important for Essen as a retail and service location, along with the approximately 400 driver positions of local suppliers.”
"As part of the Climate Pledge, Amazon has committed itself to making all Amazon shipments CO2-neutral by 2040. In addition to the 100,000 electric delivery vehicles that we have already ordered from the US manufacturer Rivian, we are also using local partnerships to get other emission-free vehicles on the road faster," comments Robert Viegers, Country Director Amazon Logistics in Germany. "We are pleased to expand our cooperation with BaseCamp – a program that provides small and medium-sized delivery companies in Essen with access to a turnkey solution on a large scale by providing vehicles and services".
“500 of our vehicles, of which approx. 180 are at Amazon, are on the road every day throughout Germany in the Last Mile business. Our modular offer, consisting of three pillars, offers our customers like Amazon maximum flexibility. With our first pillar, fleet management, we not only ensure the mobility of our customers and enable them to focus on their core business, but also drastically reduce their costs. With our second pillar, the Digital Vehicle Scanner, we massively reduce the damage rate of vehicles and guarantee complete digital documentation. The last pillar is our comprehensive range of infrastructure services: we plan, build and finance tailor-made solutions. With Amazon as our partner, we have a strong ally at our side.”
Currently, eight of eleven delivery partners in Essen have integrated electric delivery vehicles into their fleets. Two further delivery partners operate 40 electric delivery vehicles in the delivery station in Bochum. "In expanding our network, we ensure that our delivery stations are prepared for the use of electric mobility and that our partners have access to attractive offers for building up their electric fleets," summarizes Robert Viegers. Amazon will set up additional charging stations and integrate new fleets of electric delivery vehicles at existing and future delivery stations in the country.
“We already use 35 electric delivery vehicles at the Amazon delivery station in Essen alone. The charging infrastructure at the site is perfect. The drivers can charge the vans at the delivery station and complete the entire delivery.”
Amazon will also be relying on clean energy for the electric drive of vehicles in the future. For this reason, a first major project for renewable energies was recently announced in Spain. Once completed, the new solar park will provide 149 megawatts (MW) of new renewable capacity and is expected to generate over 300,000 MWh of renewable energy for Amazon annually. By 2025, 100% renewable energy is to be used in all business units.
Amazon manages 91 renewable energy projects worldwide. These include 31 wind and solar projects for renewable energy and 60 solar roof systems on fulfillment and sortation centers. They generate a capacity of over 2,900 MW and supply more than 7.5 million MWh of energy annually.