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Amazon deploys DHL-designed electric vans in Germany

Amazon is set to use an electric van designed by DHL in Germany as it seeks to hit emission reduction targets.

The online retail giant has ordered 40 StreetScooter WORK Box electric vans to use in Munich Daflfing and had 60 charging stations installed at its site.

StreetScooter is a manufacturer of electric vehicles owned by DHL. Its WORK model, unveiled in May, offers high battery capacity, capacity of over a tonne and speeds of up to 120 km per hour. They allow faster charging, meaning the vehicles can reach an 80% charge in approximately five hours.

The vehicles offer automatic emergency calling technology if drivers are involved in accidents, as well as an acoustic vehicle alerting system to warn pedestrians of movement.

Adam Elman, senior lead sustainability, Amazon Europe, said: “Amazon is committed to achieving the Paris agreement targets ten years ahead of schedule – in 2040 instead of 2050 – so we are collaborating with a number of different partners developing new technologies and helping promote a carbon-neutral economy.

“We look forward to working with StreetScooter and using their expertise to add additional electric vehicles and charging stations to our network and achieve carbon-neutral delivery operations.”

Menzies Distribution recently revealed it was adding new electric vans to its UK fleet, expanding it to more than 120 vehicles.

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