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Amazon orders a fleet of 100,000 electric delivery cars from Rivian



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

00,000-unit fleet will save around four million tonnes of CO2 per year. It breaks down to 40 tonnes per vehicle per year, about ten times the average of the US passenger car of 4.6 tonnes per year, suggesting that these are relatively large vehicles with high utilization levels. The delivery's back-loaded nature, with 90% of deliveries coming in 2023 and 2024, suggests that Rivian's production capacity for these vehicles can be quite high and that several additional Amazon orders can be filled if the first deployment goes well. [19659002] Amazon purchased 20,000 Mercedes Sprinter vans last fall as they expand their Delivery Service Partners network to diversify from the U.S. Postal Service, which handles about 40% of their deliveries to the last mile. With this Rivian agreement, Amazon is seeking to continue that expansion as it moves toward Bezo's stated goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040.


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