In a weblog submit at present, Amazon revealed a video, images, and some particulars of its customized electrical supply automobile designed and inbuilt partnership with Rivian.
Along with images of the prototype in a manufacturing facility setting, Amazon equipped a number of of the van’s options. These embody a set of freeway and visitors help applied sciences, exterior cameras across the automobile that hyperlink to a show contained in the cabin, Alexa integration (after all!) for hands-free entry to digital data, vivid taillights within the rear of the automobile to simply detect braking, and a strengthened driver’s aspect door.
Inside, the van can have three ranges of shelving and a bulkhead door, in addition to a “dancefloor” inside the driving force’s cabin for “straightforward motion contained in the van.”
Considerably, nonetheless, the submit didn’t embody particulars of the battery or drivetrain.
“We mixed Rivian’s expertise with our supply logistics data, and the result’s what you see right here — the way forward for final mile supply,” stated Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s International Fleet and Merchandise, within the submit.
“The automobile we’ve developed with Amazon is not only electrical. We prioritized security and performance to create a automobile that’s optimized for package deal supply,” stated RJ Scaringe, Rivian CEO. “We thought by way of how drivers get out and in of the van, what the workspace seems like and what the workflow is for delivering packages.”
The Rivian supply EV helps Amazon’s Local weather Pledge dedication to be web zero carbon by 2040, which Amazon revealed as a part of the unique Rivian partnership announcement in September 2019. On the time, Amazon laid down the gauntlet with a 100,000-unit order, the biggest up to now for an electrical supply automobile, with all 100,000 to be deployed by 2030.
Amazon initially stated the primary electrical supply autos would hit the streets beginning in 2021, although that timeframe has been pushed again not less than a yr. In subsequent posts this yr and in at present’s submit, Amazon dedicated to 10,000 electrical supply autos on the street “as early as 2022.”
The Rivian EV is one among three electrical fashions that Amazon has invested in.
In August, the corporate introduced the addition of 1,800 Mercedes electrical supply autos, eSprinter and eVito fashions, for its fleet in Europe. Amazon additionally plans so as to add 10,000 electrical supply autos to its fleet in India by 2025.
Final month, Lion Electrical pledged to ship 10 all-electric field vehicles to Amazon, with two on the street by the top of this yr.
Within the EU, Amazon additionally makes use of e-cargo bikes for deliveries in some city facilities and operates 200 e-cargo bikes within the New York Metropolis space.
Rivian unveiled its flagship automobile fashions, the all-electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV, on the LA Auto Present in 2018, with plans to start delivering to prospects in late 2020.
That timeframe has been pushed again as nicely. In July, Rivian confirmed these autos gained’t launch till June 2021.
Initially posted on Fleet Ahead