There’s a new electric feel to Amazon’s Purley Way depot

Charles Intsiful, the director of Butterfly Enterprise (right) and Richard Quansah (driver) the new fleet of Mercedes-Benz electric vans at Amazon’s Croydon depot

The Amazon depot off the Purley Way is using a new fleet of electric delivery vans to bring you your presents and gifts this Christmas by the most environmentally sustainable method possible.

Amazon are using Mercedes-Benz vehicles as part of the company’s commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040. Amazon has pledged to run on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.

In August, Amazon announced plans to buy more than 1,800 electric vehicles from  Mercedes-Benz Vans, including 500 in the UK. And 10 of them are now based in Croydon.

Small independent logistics companies have access to the zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries to Amazon customers, as the multinational builds “the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world”, according to Amazon’s Kerry-Anne Lawlor.

Charles Intsiful, owner of Butterfly Enterprise, is one of the Croydon-based businesses that has been using the vans. He said: “It’s has been really exciting to have our first electric vehicles on the road and the response from drivers and customers has been fantastic.”

Amazon also recently announced plans to add 26 utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, totalling 3.4GW of electricity production capacity, bringing its total investment in renewable energy in 2020 to 35 projects and more than 4GW of capacity — the largest corporate investment in renewable energy in a single year.

These new projects will make the company the largest-ever corporate purchaser of renewable energy.


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5 Responses to There’s a new electric feel to Amazon’s Purley Way depot

  1. Lewis White says:

    No !! – a very welcome breath of fresh air !!

    We will all benefit, but it is particularly welcome in an area of Croydon which suffers more than its fair share of airborne and vehicle pollution– the Purley Way area .

    Thanks Amazon !

  2. Chris Flynn says:

    Was this a paid piece? The Valley Park article was clearly advertorial, but I’m less clear about this one. Whilst the cause is good, I thought IC would cast its ever critical eye on some of Amazon’s more dubious practices…

    • No.

      Any paid advertising has always been indicated as such on this website.

      Amazon are a large employer in the borough – when we ran a piece about their Christmas recruitment drive, it was one of the best-read articles of that week.

      Yes, there are broader issues. But the non-payment of corporation tax is a national, not a local news story.

  3. Interesting, Interesting that people pay such close attention to IC copy. It was clearly not as well written as other material is on the blog, plus there was no attempt at balance or witty digs at the company involved. Perhaps, “Well-known zero hours employer Amazon is bringing a fleet of world-beating, sustainable and renewable Mercedes vehicles to spread Christmas cheer … …

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