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Amazon begins rolling out electric trucks in Southern California

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As part of its efforts to improve the sustainability of its operations, Amazon is rolling out 50 heavy-duty electric trucks in Southern California, the largest fleet of these vehicles to date.

The all-electric Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric trucks will be used for first-, middle- and last-mile operations, including transporting freight containers and customer packages across the state. They are expected to travel more than a million miles each year without tailpipe emissions.

“We are proud to launch our largest fleet of electric heavy-duty vehicles to date in California,” said Udit Madan, vice president of Worldwide Amazon Operations. “Heavy-duty trucking is a particularly difficult area to decarbonize, which makes us all the more excited to have these vehicles on the road today. We will use what we learn from deploying these vehicles as we continue to identify and invest in solutions to reduce emissions in our transportation network and impact sustainability in the trucking industry more broadly.”

Proven technology

The trucks have a range of up to 443 km and are equipped with safety features such as active collision mitigation, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.

Keith Brandis, vice president of partnerships and systems solutions at Volvo Group North America, commented: “Within Amazon’s operations, the Volvo VNR Electric will provide efficient and sustainable transportation with zero tailpipe emissions for a variety of different applications. The Volvo VNR Electric is built on the proven VNR regional transport platform, making it well suited for transport and medium-distance transport, especially in areas with dense populations and moderate to heavy traffic volumes. We are pleased to work with Amazon’s extensive fleet on the transition to electromobility and help pave the way for a more efficient and sustainable future.”

Emission-free fleet

Amazon is investing heavily in expanding its zero-emission fleet to help the company reach its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. It has been using electric lawn tractors since 2019 and now has more than 140 rolling trailers around its U.S. operations.

The company launched its custom Rivian electric vans in 2022 and currently has more than 13,500 deliveries in the US.