Rivian electric vans are rolling out in Europe with a new design

Rivian electric vans (EDVs), used by e-commerce giant Amazon, have arrived in Europe. The first Rivian EDVs will roll out across Germany, with over 300 ready to hit the streets of Munich, Berlin and Düsseldorf in the coming weeks.

The Rivian-Amazon partnership dates back to 2019, with the e-commerce giant investing $700 million in the young electric car maker.

Several months later, Amazon agreed to purchase over 100,000 EDVs from the EV maker, rolling them out by the end of the decade as part of Amazon’s co-founded Climate Pledge environmental commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

A year later, Amazon unveiled its Rivian-built electric van with a clean, modern design inside and out.

Rivian vans are designed from the ground up, prioritizing safety, sustainability and comfort for drivers.

The first electric vans began making deliveries across the Los Angeles area in February 2021, expanding to over 100 US cities and over 1,000 EDVs delivering packages during last year’s holiday season.

Amazon-Rivian-EDV contract
Amazon Rivian EDV US version (Source: Amazon)

Rivian electric vans reach Europe

According to Rivian’s latest update, the first electric vans arrived in Europe this week.

Amazon and Rivian designed the EDVs to fit better in Europe’s cities with a shorter, thinner van than the American version.

Commenting on the milestone, Dagan Mishoulam, Vice President of Strategy & Go To Market for Rivian said:

We are excited to see EDV roll out in Germany today. This vehicle was designed in collaboration with our partners at Amazon and puts not only the driver’s convenience and safety first, but also the environment. We’ve had incredible feedback from drivers in the US, and we’re excited to start international expansion in Germany. Today is a real milestone for us as it also marks the first Rivian vehicles in Europe and we are very excited about our future in the region

The first 300 EDVs will hit the streets in Germany first, followed by Munich, Berlin and Düsseldorf. Amazon says the fleet will join thousands of electric vans already in operation across Europe, including more than 1,000 in Germany alone.

Source: Amazon YouTube

Amazon now has over 3,000 Rivian EDVs delivering packages in over 500 US cities and regions. The online retailer says that reaching the goal of having 100,000 electric vans on the road globally will help save millions of metric tons of carbon per year.

Meanwhile, back in the US, Rivian beat expectations by delivering 12,640 EVs and producing 13,992 units during the second quarter of 2023, putting it on track to meet its annual production target of 50,000.

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