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Amazon Debuts Electric Delivery Vans Created and Designed with Rivian
Amazon launched its electric delivery vans on Thursday, which are set to hit the road in 2022. The electric vans were developed in partnership with Rivian Automotive.
Amazon announced in September 2019 that it had ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of the company’s ambitious climate plan, The Climate Pledge. As part of the plan, Amazon has committed to fully rely on renewable energy by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2040.
Amazon stated that the latest electric vans are one of three Rivian models in which it has invested. The company plans to deploy 10,000 vehicles by 2022 and a full fleet of 100,000 by 2030. Previously, CEO Jeff Bezos said that Amazon would have 100,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2024.
The vans feature a number of design changes, including enhanced safety features such as state-of-the-art sensor detection, highway and traffic assistance technology, and exterior cameras that give drivers a 360-degree view outside the vehicle.
Amazon said that the vans are equipped with Alexa’s digital assistant to provide hands-free route information.
Amazon ordered over 1,800 electric vans from German automaker Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz in August.