Amazon puts electric semi trucks into ocean freight operation

Amazon puts electric semi trucks into ocean freight operation

In Southern California, truck enthusiasts will soon have a new spectacle as Amazon introduces fifty Class 8 electric semi trucks into its commercial lineup.

These fully electric Volvo semis will be tasked with hauling hefty cargo containers and customer packages in Amazon’s operations spanning from first to middle-mile journeys throughout California. 

Joining the ranks of electric vans from Ford and Rivian, which are already zipping around delivering packages across the state, these trucks mark a significant step in Amazon’s commitment to eco-friendly transportation.

Setting a milestone, these electric trucks also debut in the company’s ocean freight operations, known as drayage operations. Already, they're making waves on the roads around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, with a dozen anticipated to be operational by year’s end.

Udit Madan, vice president of Worldwide Amazon Operations, expressed pride in this initiative, stating, “We’re thrilled to roll out our largest fleet of electric heavy-duty vehicles yet in California. 

Tackling heavy-duty trucking emissions is no small feat, which makes this deployment all the more significant. The insights gained from these vehicles will guide our ongoing efforts to slash emissions in our transportation network and promote sustainability across the trucking industry.”