Amazon is testing Rivian electrical supply vans in Los Angeles

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An electrical Amazon supply van from Rivian cruises down the road with the Hollywood signal within the background.

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Amazon is testing a number of the electrical supply vans that it developed with Rivian Automotive on routes in Los Angeles, the businesses introduced Wednesday.

In September 2019, Amazon introduced it might buy 100,000 electrical supply autos from Rivian as a part of its intention to attain web zero carbon emissions throughout its operations by 2040. Amazon started a fund, and invested in Rivian by means of it, as a part of this pledge.

The e-commerce titans debuted one model of their supply vans in October final yr. Now, Amazon says it should check the customized electrical autos in as many as 16 completely different cities in 2021.

In an announcement despatched to CNBC, Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s world fleet and merchandise, mentioned the electrification effort is a degree of satisfaction for the corporate. It has required Amazon to put in 1000’s of electrical car chargers and alter up {the electrical} design and structure of supply amenities in North America and Europe.

A driver recharges an Amazon electrical supply van from Rivian.

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The corporate constructed the check fleet autos for Amazon at its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan. Every van can drive as much as 150 miles on a single cost, the businesses mentioned.

The autos are nonetheless in a check section, and their design and options may very well be tweaked forward of the beginning of manufacturing, which Rivian goals for by the top of 2021.

Rivian can also be anticipated to be among the many first firms to convey an all-electric pickup to market later this yr.

Whereas it’s nonetheless privately held, Rivian is shaping as much as be a critical challenger to Tesla, and has raised about $8 billion since 2019. 

Mild-duty vehicles together with supply vans are anticipated to be in demand within the U.S. in coming years, and never simply by Amazon. That is partially as a result of President Biden, through his Buy America plan, has dedicated to exchange the federal authorities’s fleet of inside combustion engine autos with cleaner, quieter electrics.

In response to knowledge from the Common Providers Company, that federal fleet contains greater than 400,000 vehicles, lots of them to be used by the U.S. postal service. Daimler, GM, Lion Electrical and others are growing, and in some circumstances already promoting, battery electrical light-duty vehicles and vans.