After acquiring 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Michigan-based automaker Rivian back in 2020 as an effort towards its company-wide Climate Pledge, Amazon has now begun testing out the vans for deliveries in Los Angeles.
The new testing will provide Amazon with greater insight into the performance and safety aspects of the vans, which they hope will begin rolling out across 16 different cities later this year. Rivian’s vehicles utilize a customizable “skateboard” frame construction which the tech giant calls a “first-of-its-kind all-electric delivery vehicle.” The company’s global fleet and product director Ross Rachey added that “From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs, and we’re incredibly proud of that.”
The two companies now plan on deploying 10,000 cars by 2022 before eventually rolling out all 100,000 of them. Amazon has already started building thousands of charging stations for them at its various delivery hubs across North America and Europe, and are continuing to work with Rivian to fine-tune the electric vans before they go into full production at the end of this year.
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