Amazon starts making deliveries by e-bike and on foot in London

has started delivering parcels by freight and foot in the UK for the first time as it makes further progress towards meeting its climate targets. The company has opened a micro-mobility center in central London. The company says the walkers and e-bikes will make more than a million deliveries a year from the Hackney hub. It is claimed that these trips will replace thousands of van deliveries.

Initially, the e-bikes and foot couriers will be deployed in more than one tenth of the city (ULEZ). E-bikes and fully electric vehicles are exempt from the London Congestion Charge and ULEZ fees, so Amazon and its delivery partners don’t have to pay them.

Amazon plans to open more e-cargo delivery centers in the UK in the coming months. There are already more than 1,000 on the roads in the country. Earlier this year, the company added five all-electric trucks to its UK fleet to replace diesel trucks.

This isn’t the first time Amazon has used cargo e-bikes. notes that they are used for deliveries in five cities in France and seven metropolitan areas in Germany. It also deploys electric scooters in Italy and Spain. , the company made two thirds of the deliveries in Paris with e-bikes, foot couriers and electric vans.

As part of its “Shipment Zero” project, Amazon aims to deliver 50 percent of its packages with net zero CO2 emissions. It expects by 2040 as part of its .

The company also plans to continue operations . By the end of the year, the company will install more than 30,000 additional solar panels at its sites in Manchester, Coalville, Haydock, Bristol and Milton Keynes. Amazon has 18 onsite solar projects in the UK and is working to double that number by 2024.

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