Amazon UK has ordered five CF Electric trucks from DAF.
The 37-tonne GCW fully-electric vehicles join Amazon’s middle mile delivery fleet.
In other words, they will be transporting goods with the aid of zero tailpipe emissions.
Interestingly, the trucks are the first electric middle mile trucks operated by Amazon in Europe.
The CF Electric trucks mark an important milestone towards the electrification of Amazon’s fleet.
Specifically, they form part of Shipment Zero – Amazon’s goal to deliver 50% of its shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030.
Therefore, the five vehicles replace diesel trucks.
As a result, the online retailer will cover up to 100,000 annual road miles fuelled with renewable electricity.
Furthermore, it will prevent around 170 tonnes of CO2 being emitted.
DAF Trucks’ director of fleet sales, Eelco van Veen, hailed the deal.
“We are excited to bring the DAF CF Electric into Amazon’s fleet,” he said.
“The DAF CF Electric truck represents an important step in the industry towards zero emission middle mile distribution.
“For example, it has been developed in response to rising demand for better air quality and lower CO2 emissions.”
Continuing, van Veen confirmed the trucks can cover up to 500 kilometres per day. “That is a figure operators really can work with,” he added.
Meanwhile, John Boumphrey, Amazon UK country manager, highlighted his firm’s green credentials.
“Amazon is one of the first companies in the world to put electric heavy goods trucks on the road,” he said.
“We’re committed to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040.
“Therefore, this is a milestone as we continue to decarbonise our transportation network.”
The DAF CF Electric is available as a 4×2 tractor and 6×2 rigid truck.
Importantly, fully charging only takes about 75 minutes using a 250kW charger.