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Friday, 30 July 2021 20:22

Rivian All-Electric Amazon Delivery Vans Testing on Detroit Roads

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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Since you likely follow the EV segment, you're probably aware Rivian delayed its R1T and R1S vehicles from June to July, and then more recently, the startup electric pickup truck maker pushed them back once again to September.

However, the company has made it clear that its unique and exciting Amazon electric delivery van is still on track as initially planned.

 

We've reported on the Rivian Amazon van many times, as it has been seen out testing in California. Testing started in just a few cities, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, and has since expanded to other states, including Colorado and Oklahoma.

 

Now, the electric van has been spotted in Michigan.

 

As you may know, Rivian has several locations around the globe, but Michigan has been one of its main hubs for some time. Added to that, Detroit is still arguably considered the heart of the U.S. auto industry, so this all makes sense.

 

In addition, Rivian needs to continue adding key locations to its list of test cities, since its goal is to test in at least 16 cities before it officially launches the Amazon electric van.

 

According the Automotive News via Teslarati, a Rivian engineer was riding in the electric van spotted in Michigan. He told the publication the electric vans are now testing in the Detroit area. He also said the vans in Michigan were assembled at Rivian's Plymouth, MI, design center, which we visited in the past for our first look at the R1T and R1S.

 

Amazon is one of many companies that has invested in Rivian, and the online retailer ordered 100,000 vans for the future. Rivian intends to make about 10,000 electric vans for Amazon in 2022.

 

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