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Amazon’s London micromobility hub swaps vans for e-cargo delivery bikes

Amazon micromobility hub

Technology giant Amazon has unveiled its first UK “micromobility hub” in central London to house its e-cargo bikes, walkers and its existing electric vehicles.

The Hackney-based hub will deliver over one million parcels each year, Amazon said, with the bikes and walkers replacing vans on the road.

“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,” said John Boumphrey, UK country manager, Amazon.

According to The Guardian, the e-cargo bikes will be operated by various business partners and not directly by Amazon.

The ecommerce behemoth has also detailed plans to install over 30,000 modular solar panels by the end of the year at its Manchester, Coalville, Haydock, Bristol and Milton Keynes locations. Amazon said this will produce enough energy for 3,500 UK homes a year.

Cllr Mete Coban, Hackney council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Tackling transport emissions is key if we’re to reach net zero. We’re really pleased to have worked with Amazon to support them to take traditional vans off the streets and replace them with e-cargo bikes.

“This will help to reduce emissions and improve air quality for people in Hackney and beyond.”

Amazon earlier this year bought its first UK electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) from manufacturer DAF to replace some of its diesel trucks.

It’s the latest push for environmentally friendly commercial vehicles. Last week, London-headquartered electric truck maker Tevva launched its first hydrogen-electric truck, which has a range of 310 miles (499 km).

“Industry and government are both working hard to achieve our net zero goals and support the growth of sustainable transport that will help create economic opportunities and support thousands of jobs across the UK,” said Trudy Harrison, transport minister.