Amazon is making deliveries in London on foot and also by electric cargo bikes that resemble mini-vans.
The online giant has launched its first UK “micromobility hub," with a goal of making more sustainable deliveries in Central London. The hub is home to Amazon's first fleet of e-cargo bikes and walkers, or on-foot delivery staff, which will directly replace thousands of traditional van trips on London’s roads and reduce traffic congestion, the company said.
Amazon said the new bicycle and pedestrian delivery force — along with its existing electric vans — will make more than five million deliveries a year across Central London. The company noted it also has more 1,000 electric delivery vans on the road in the UK, and last year helped the company deliver more than 45 million packages.
Amazon said it plans on opening additional hubs in the UK in the coming months.
“Our new e-cargo bikes, walkers and growing electric vehicle delivery fleet will help us make more zero emission customer deliveries than ever before across London and the UK,” stated John Boumphrey, U.K. country manager, Amazon.
The initiatives move the company closer to its "Shipment Zero" mission, which is to deliver 50% of Amazon shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030, its ultimate goal of being net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.