Amazon to swap vans for walking and cargo bikes in central London

Amazon will deliver parcels to customers by bike and on foot for the first time in the UK as the retailer announces new methods to reduce emissions.

The delivery giant said its new “micromobility” hub in London will lead to a million more customer deliveries per year, while others are expected to open in the UK in the coming months.

Delivery drivers ride e-cargo bikes and walk to customers’ homes and offices in central London, replacing thousands of traditional vans on the city’s busy roads.

Amazon has taken steps to electrify its fleet with 1,000 electric vans now on UK roads as it aims to deliver half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030 and all of them by 2040.

Amazon’s first “micromobility” hub launches in central London (Amazon/PA)

In March, it also announced the launch of five 37-ton electric trucks operating from centers in Tilbury and Milton Keynes, replacing diesel trucks.

The retailer has benefited from the pandemic boom in delivery, which has boosted sales, but it has come under pressure from climate groups to cut emissions and set a leading example for other companies.

John Boumphrey, Amazon’s UK Country Manager, said: “Amazon is committed to a global carbon-free future. One way we are doing that is by transforming our transport networks.

“Our new e-cargo bikes, walkers and growing fleet of electric vehicle delivery will help us achieve more zero-emission customer deliveries than ever before in London and the UK in the coming months.”

The new hubs coincide with plans to double the number of solar projects in UK sites by 2024.

Amazon said more than 30,000 new modular solar panels will be installed at its facilities in Manchester, Coalville, Haydock, Bristol and Milton Keynes by the end of the year.

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