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Amazon rolls out e-cargo bikes in Belfast

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Amazon has opened its first micromobility hub in Northern Ireland, at its delivery station in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, housing a fleet of electric cargo bikes.

The zero-emission fleet will deliver thousands of packages per week to Amazon customers, taking delivery vans off city centre roads, with the aim of improving air quality and alleviate congestion.

Belfast joins more than 40 cities in the UK and across Europe which have Amazon micromobility hubs facilitating e-cargo bike and on-foot deliveries, part of a £300mn investment to electrify and decarbonise Amazon’s UK transportation network. Amazon expects e-cargo bikes and walkers to make millions of deliveries to Amazon customers across the UK every year.

“Our new electric cargo bikes are part of Amazon’s commitment to reach net zero carbon across our operations by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement. This is a proud moment for our team, and great news for customers across the city who will benefit from zero emissions deliveries to their door,” said Jim Press, senior delivery station manager at Amazon in Belfast.

Amazon is working with Astral Fox, a local company which provides delivery services to Amazon customers. Nick Turkington, owner of Astral Fox, added: “We are delighted to work with Amazon to bring this fleet of electric cargo bikes to Northern Ireland. We think the electric cargo bikes are going to be a big hit with customers, while also supporting Amazon’s sustainability commitments. The future is here and this is just the beginning.”

Amazon and its partners already have more than 1,000 electric delivery vans deployed across the UK and Ireland, in addition to nine fully electric heavy goods vehicles, the first in Amazon’s fleet, which have replaced traditional lorries.

Furthermore, Amazon is the co-founder of and the first signatory to The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040. With nearly 500 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.

Earlier this year, Amazon was ranked Elite in the RetailX UK Top500 2024 report. Amazon is the only retailer to have featured consistently in the Elite group for the full ten years of this UK Top500 research. Since then, its UK business has changed from pureplay to multichannel retailer, marketplace and brand, while maintaining the convenience that has underpinned its services over the years. 

It particularly stands out in this year’s Elite for its performance in delivery, convenient collection, and for its mobile offering as well as the use of recommendations.

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