Amazon is adding five DAF CF Electric tractor units to its UK middle mile delivery fleet as it continues to decarbonise its fleet.
The 37-tonne gross combination weight (GCW) fully-electric vehicles are the first electric middle mile trucks the firm is operating in Europe and replace existing diesel models.
According to Amazon, this will result in up to 100,000 annual road miles fuelled with renewable electricity, preventing about 170 tonnes of CO2 being emitted.
The DAF CF Electric is available as a 4×2 tractor unit and 6×2 rigid truck with steered trailing axle.
Its 210 kW electric motor draws power from a 350 kWh battery pack and full charging takes about 75 minutes using a charging station with a capacity of 250 kW.
The purchase forms part of Amazon’s Shipment Zero programme – its goal to deliver 50% of its shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030.
Eelco van Veen, DAF Trucks’ Director Fleet Sales, said, “We are excited to bring the DAF CF Electric into Amazon’s fleet and support their commitment to The Climate Pledge.
“The DAF CF Electric truck represents an important step in the industry towards zero emission middle mile distribution.
“It has been developed in response to rising demand for better air quality and lower CO2 emissions in the transportation sector. Thanks to smart planning and fast charging the CF Electric can clock up to 500 kilometres per day.”
John Boumphrey, Amazon UK Country Manager added, “Amazon is one of the first companies in the world to put electric heavy goods trucks on the road.
“We’re committed to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040, and this is a milestone as we continue to decarbonize our transportation network so we can deliver more customer orders using zero emissions vehicles.”