Amazon is working to decarbonize its delivery fleet with a pledge to have 100,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030, but social media posts claim the e-commerce giant is going back to diesel. This is false; the company has refuted the allegations, noting it already has more than 10,000 electric-powered vans in the United States and Europe.

"Amazon converts fleet back to Diesel as electric doesn't cut it," says a December 4, 2023 Facebook post.

The claim has circulated elsewhere on Facebook and X, formerly known as Twitter -- including in French. Some appear to translate from a German post with more than 20,000 interactions that says electric "does not fit the service concept."

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The rumors spread amid the busy holiday shopping season -- but there is no basis for them.

"The posts are false," an Amazon spokesperson said in a December 18 email, pointing to the company's latest update on reducing the carbon footprint of its delivery fleet (archived here).

The October 17 statement says Amazon in 2019 committed to putting 100,000 electric delivery vehicles on the road by 2030 and becoming carbon-neutral by 2040.

"Amazon began rolling out its electric delivery vans in the summer of 2022 and now has more than 10,000 across the US," the statement adds.

"Amazon has also brought the custom vans to Europe and recently announced more than 300 will hit the road in Germany, joining a fleet of thousands of electric vans already in operation in Europe."

Amazon says it has put more than 15 models of electric vehicles -- including delivery vans, e-cargo bikes and e-rickshaws -- on the road in the United States, European Union and India.

The company has invested $700 million in electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian, which is producing delivery vans. Amazon has also invested in green hydrogen and other alternatives to non-renewable energy sources.

AFP has fact-checked other climate-related claims here.