After purchasing almost 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Michigan-based automaker Rivian back in 2020 to act towards the company-wide Climate Pledge, Amazon has now rolled out the electric vans on the streets, using them for delivering goods in Los Angeles.
The initial test’s conduct will help Amazon with in-depth information into the performance and safety aspects of the vans, which they plan to begin rolling out nationwide, operating in 16 different cities later this year. Rivian’s vehicles employ a customizable “skateboard” frame, which the company calls a “first-of-its-kind all-electric delivery vehicle.” The company’s global fleet and product director Ross Rachey added that “From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs, and we’re incredibly proud of that.”
Both the companies now plan on posting 10,000 cars by 2022 before eventually going all out with 100,000 of them. Amazon has already commenced building thousands of charging stations for them at its various delivery-prone areas across North America and Europe and is constantly working with Rivian to fine-tune the electric vans before they go into the full production end of this year.
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