In September 2019 Amazon purchased 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian, and almost two years later, the company has finally begun testing the vehicles on select routes in the US on public roads.
The aim behind the tests is to determine the electric vehicle’s performance, durability, and safety before the full fleet of vehicles are rolled out to 15 more cities across the US, and potentially the rest of the world.
Our custom electric delivery 🚚 vehicles are starting to hit the road.
Kickoff in Los Angeles ➡️ 15 new cities in 2021.
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) February 3, 2021
“We’re loving the enthusiasm from customers so far—from the photos we see online to the car fans who stop our drivers for a first-hand look at the vehicle,” said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products.
Back in 2019 Amazon partnered with Rivian to make use of its customizable ‘skateboard platform’ to create a ‘first-of-its-kind’ all-electric delivery vehicle. Amazon and Rivian began testing the vehicles four months prior to making customer deliveries, as part of the testing and development process.
The current fleet of vehicles was built at Rivian’s studio in Plymouth, Michigan, and can drive up to 240 kilometres on a single charge. Although this range will change depending on different factors like terrain, weather, and what city the vehicles are placed in. In terms of tech, the electric delivery vehicles feature 360-degree cameras for safety, a specially designed vehicle guidance system, and of course Alexa voice controls.
Amazon has also started getting its buildings ready to accommodate the new fleet of vehicles and has installed thousands of electric vehicle charging stations at its delivery stations across both North America and Europe.
Amazon is committed to achieving net-zero carbon across its operations by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement, and the company hopes the new delivery vehicles will go along way in achieving that goal.
Take a look at the new vehicle below: