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Friday, 19 March 2021 18:28

Rivian All-Electric Amazon Delivery Van Testing in Hilly San Francisco

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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As Rivian moves closer to the highly anticipated upcoming launch of its R1T and R1S, it's also working with Amazon to ramp-up testing of its electric delivery van.

If all plays out as expected, Rivian will launch the R1T electric pickup truck early this summer, followed by the R1S three-row SUV shortly thereafter. The Amazon electric van is expected to officially launch in the fall of 2021.

 

We've already seen and shared the Rivian electric van out testing. The first videos came from residential streets in Los Angeles. Interestingly, some of the coverage focused on the van's unique passenger awareness sounds, but just the fact this vehicle is already out testing in what appears to be the production-intent form is much more compelling than some silly sounds.

 

We've just learned Rivian and Amazon have expanded testing. Now, the electric delivery vans are out tackling the twisty and hilly neighborhoods of San Francisco.

 

If the vans fare well in such an environment, they should make easy work of more traditional, flat, grid-style neighborhoods. However, areas like Michigan will have the added challenge of cold temps and heavy snow for several months of the year.

 

Rivian has plans to expand Amazon electric van deliveries into 16 cities before the end of 2021. Director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products Ross Rachey shared via Teslarati:

 

“From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs, and we’re incredibly proud of that. As we continue to grow and invest in California...


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