Amazon launching Micromobility hub and Solar for UK facilities

July 6, 2022
The online giant will add e-cargo bikes and walkers to its existing electric fleet in London and 3,000 solar panels on its facilities in Manchester, Coalville, Haydock, Bristol and Milton Keynes

Amazon will launch its first micromobility hub in the UK and roll out large-scale solar panels at its facilities in Manchester, Coalville, Haydock, Bristol and Milton Keynes.

The micromobility hub is created with London Borough of Hackney and it will enable sustainable deliveries in Central London. E-cargo bikes and walkers from this hub and Amazon’s existing electric fleet plying on London’s roads will make more than 5 million deliveries annually across over 10% of the Ultra Low Emission Zone on London.

The new fleet of e-cargo bikes and walkers will replace thousands of traditional van trips in London and reduce traffic congestion.

Amazon’s existing fleet of more than 1,000 electric delivery vans in the UK made 45 million package deliveries in the UK in 2021. Amazon has also planned to add five new electric Heavy Goods Vehicles in the UK to replace the traditional diesel trucks.

“Amazon is driving towards a global net-zero carbon future. One way we’re doing that is through the transformation of our transportation networks. 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 in the coming months,” said John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager, Amazon.

Additionally, Amazon will install more than 30,000 modular solar panels on its facilities in Manchester, Coalville, Haydock, Bristol and Milton Keynes by the end of 2022. It has confirmed 18 on-site solar projects in the UK and plans to more than double the number of projects by 2024.

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This investment will contribute to Amazon’s efforts to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, which is five years ahead of its 2030 deadline.

Once the panels are installed and operational, the projects are expected to produce over 13,000 MWh of electricity – enough to power over 3,500 homes in the UK each year.

 “Doubling the number of on-site solar projects at our facilities across the UK further demonstrates our ambition to power our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 and represents an important step on our journey to be net-zero carbon by 2040,” Boumphrey added.

These solar projects are in addition to the five, utility-scale renewable energy projects that Amazon has already enabled.