Amazon ups order for US-built Mercedes-Benz Sprinter supply vans
Amazon had initially stated that it could order 4,500 Sprinter supply vans. Dave Clark, Amazon Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, stated in South Carolina that the orders are for the 2019 mannequin 12 months and that they’re to be fulfilled by the tip of 2019.
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Mercedes-Benz hasn’t stated what number of Sprinter vans its new meeting plant will likely be able to constructing. Final 12 months, the corporate bought about 45,000 Sprinter vans within the U.S., however they had been assembled in Europe, disassembled, and shipped to South Carolina for re-assembly to fulfill the so-called “hen tax” levied on sure automobiles.
Amazon’s fleet will develop significantly with the order, nevertheless it nonetheless pales compared to UPS, which says it has almost 120,000 supply automobiles.
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Amazon will not personal any of the Sprinters, nonetheless. It’s going to as an alternative use fleet-management firms to lease them to its supply drivers. These operators dealing with “final mile” supply of Amazon packages to prospects’ doorways will be capable of handle fleets of as much as about 100 automobiles, Clark stated.
He additionally stated that the automobiles could also be used for grocery supply by Entire Meals, which Amazon owns.
There is not any phrase on if Amazon will not should pay the supply cost for the Sprinters due to its Prime affiliation, nonetheless.