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Amazon’s new electric cargo bike fleet expands into Glasgow for the first time

13 September 2023/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Freight Forwarding, Logistics & Supply Chain, Transport Planning, Net-Zero

Scotland’s largest city is getting a sustainable delivery boost as Amazon expands its electric cargo bike fleet, following the launch of fleets in London and Manchester last year.

Glasgow customers will receive packages from Amazon’s electric cargo bikes as they extend into Scotland for the first time.

Located in Baillieston in the East of the city is the new Glasgow delivery hub and is part of Amazon’s £300 million investment in the electrification and decarbonisation of our UK transportation network.

UK Country Manager at Amazon, John Boumphrey said: “With more than £300 million committed to electrifying and decarbonising our transportation network over the coming years, we remain laser focused on reaching net zero carbon by 2040.”

The new fleet has a goal of helping to take traditional vans off the road, affiliating traffic, congestion and improving air quality.

Expected to deliver hundreds of thousands of packages across Scotland’s most-populous city next year, Amazon will make around 2.5 million deliveries in the UK every year via sustainable methods of transport such as electric cargo bikes and on-foot deliveries.

Scottish Minister for Transport Fiona Hyslop MSP said: “I welcome moves by major businesses to develop micromobility delivery hubs. It’s great news for our cities – for example by choosing e-cargo bikes over vans, businesses can not only reduce carbon emissions but also help remove congestion and improve air quality.

“It’s a smart decision for any organisation, reducing running costs and providing couriers with a healthier and happier way to make deliveries every day” she added. 

As the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy globally and in the UK, in 2022, 90% of electricity consumed by Amazon globally was powered by renewable energy sources, thanks to more than 400 wind and solar projects around the world.

Amazon is the co-founder of and the first signatory to The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040. With more than 400 signatories, including more than 100 from the UK alone, the Pledge signatories are working together on initiatives to preserve the natural world and invest in decarbonising technologies.


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