Rivian and Amazon find several ways to work with the R1T electric pickup with Alexa support, as demonstrated at an Amazon event today.
In February, Rivian took a $ 700 million round of funding led by Amazon, and in time they discussed opportunities to collaborate.
Last week, we learned about the first major opportunity that turned into a multi-billion dollar contract for Rivian to build 100,000 electric vans for Amazon.
It's going to be a big long-term project, but Rivian's focus remains on passenger cars, R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV.
Now it looks like Amazon will be involved in these Rivian vehicles to some extent as well.
At Amazon's product demo event today, the company has a Rivian R1
It can do things like open the Rivian R1T trunk (frunk):
– Ed Ludlow (@EdLudlow) September 25, 2019
They also announced Alexa integration in many other vehicles, including GM integrated into millions of cars, but we are more interested in integration in electric vehicles.
We have already seen Alexa integration work on other electric vehicles, including Tesla vehicles, but it was through a third-party Juicebox charging station.
Amazon has increasingly been involved in electric vehicles through the sale and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
Through their Amazon Home Services, they built a network of licensed electricians that you can schedule an installation of a charging station directly through Amazon.
Some automakers, such as Audi and Kia, even go exclusively through Amazon for home charging solutions for their electric cars in the United States.
As the th eir relationship grows closer, we would not be surprised that Rivian was added to the list of R1T and RS1 coming into production next year.
The Rivian R1T starts at $ 69,000 before incentives in the United States, and it can be equipped with a battery pack configuration of up to 180 kWh for 400 miles of range on a single charge.
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