Amazon has started to roll out custom electric vehicles (EVs) from Rivian for the delivery of packages to customers in the US.
The new electric vans have hit the roads in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville and Santiago, among other cities.
They are the first of 100,000 custom delivery EVs to be rolled out by Amazon across the US by 2030 – and are part of the retailer’s pledge to reach net zero carbon across its operations by 2040.
Amazon has been testing deliveries with Rivian pre-production vehicles since 2021, delivering more than 430,000 packages and accumulating more than 90,000 miles, allowing the car manufacturer to improve the vehicle’s performance, safety and durability in various climates and geographies, as well as overall functionality.
A partnership for the planet: In 2019, Rivian teamed up with @amazon to help electrify their fleet. Now, those electric delivery vehicles have begun making emissions-free, last-mile deliveries in cities across the country. 🌎📦🤝 pic.twitter.com/9tciaMy3YP
— Rivian (@Rivian) July 21, 2022
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon said: “Fighting the effects of climate change requires constant innovation and action and Amazon is partnering with companies who share our passion for inventing new ways to minimise our impact on the environment. Rivian has been an excellent partner in that mission and we’re excited to see our first custom electric delivery vehicles on the road.
“Today marks a significant milestone in our Climate Pledge commitment. Rivian was one of the first companies Amazon invested in through the Climate Pledge Fund and we’re just getting started on our journey to have 100,000 of Rivian’s vehicles on the road by 2030. And, in addition to being sustainable, these new vehicles are also great for drivers—they were designed with driver input and feedback along the way, and they’re among the safest and most comfortable delivery vehicles on the road today.”