Thursday, 04 February 2021 00:00

Amazon's Rivian Custom Electric Delivery Vans Are Hitting the Road

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs


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According to Amazon, its deliveries in certain Los Angeles area neighborhoods may look and sound different going forward. This is because Amazon has begun testing the Rivian electric delivery vans on routes.

A year ago, Amazon announced the purchase of a whopping 100,000 delivery vans to be produced by Rivian. The vehicles were part of the online retailer's "Climate Pledge." Amazon is also one of many major investors in the startup electric pickup truck maker.


Not long ago, Inside EVs shared images and video of one of the Amazon/Rivian electric vans out delivering packages, but now it has new details directly from Amazon.


The company says more people should expect to start seeing the electric vans as it plans to add the electric fleet to 15 new cities in 2021. Over the next few years, Amazon expects to have tens of thousands of the Rivian-made electric vans out delivering.


Director of Amazon's Global Fleet and Products Ross Rachey was quoted in Amazon's transportation blog.


"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," Rachey said. "From what we've seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs, and we're incredibly proud of that."


When Amazon first partnered with the electric truck maker, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe made it clear one of Rivian's goals is to make products the world doesn't already have. He pointed to...

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