Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the e-commerce giant will purchase a fleet of 100,000 electric vans from EV startup Rivian as part of a comprehensive sustainability effort. Rivian confirmed the deal through a spokesman, telling The Drive that deliveries would start in 2021, with 10,000 on the road by 2022. Amazon said the full fleet of 100,000 would be operational by 2024.
deal with Amazon, which participated in Rivian's recent $ 700 million investment round, "has been in the works for some time," Rivian's spokesman said. The vans will be based on the company's R1 platform, with battery, powertrain, thermal control, controls and the connection platform shared with the company's consumer products. Rivian designed the bodywork, interior, application software and suspension of the new vans to Amazon's specifications, the company said, and will not sell these vehicles to other customers.
Because plans for this fleet have been evolving for a long time, Rivian has set up its plant in Normal, Illinois with a dedicated line for these commercial vans. As a result, the first commercial vehicle project will not delay the launch of its consumer electric truck and SUV products that are still on track to begin deliveries by the end of 2020.
Rivian tells The Drive that more details about Amazon vans will soon be released publicly, but for now, all they say is that the 1