Amazon Places Order For 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans From Rivian

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the internet giant has placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian, as part of their strategy to become carbon neutral by 2040.

The first of the Amazon-exclusive Rivian delivery vans will enter service in 2021, with the massive order scheduled for completion by 2024. The vans will be based on Rivian’s bespoke skateboard platform that will also underpin the R1S and R1T production models.

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That’s a huge order for any car maker, let alone Rivian which hasn’t offered yet a single vehicle to the public. However, the startup EV maker has already attracted major investments from both Amazon and Ford.

Amazon led a $700 million funding round for Rivian earlier this year, with Ford investing $500 million and Cox Automotive another $350 million into the startup EV maker.

Amazon’s greater plan is to become carbon neutral by 2040, a decade earlier ahead of the targets set by the Paris Accord. A spokeswoman for Rivian said to Reuters that when Amazon’s fleet is fully deployed, it’ll save 4 million metric tons of CO2 per year but declined to discuss the financial terms of the deal with Amazon.

Rivian is planning to launch two electric vehicles in the market next year: the R1S SUV and the R1T pickup truck. Both of them will be offered with at least three battery pack options, with a promised driving range of between 240 to 400 miles (386km to 643km), depending on the capacity.

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  • charlotteharry57

    Oh how I’ve been waiting for this story to appear in here. I’ve decided that Bezos is nuts-o, like his buddy over at Tesla. Just watch how the price of a Prime membership goes up because of this; maybe more after the totally-untried brand suffers the inevitable early production glitches.

    • HD

      So what? Who cares about the Prime membership price? We are talking about the environment and you bring pennies into the discussion? Of course Amazon needs to look to a fresh partner if all huge well known car companies are unable to bring a similar van to the market. Electric vehicles are not that complicated, I’m sure Rivian will succeed eventually.

      • CarCzarDesigner

        The money does matter, because all the Politicians want to do is tax you for the energy you use and add a Pollution tax. Tax! Tax is money! Where does the tax money go, either into their own pockets to spend on Private Jets or Lavish Palaces in seclusion or it gets spent on pet projects that does nothing to really help the environment.

        • HD

          This is a private company not the government. They (Amazon, Google and the rest of the IT giants) are way ahead of environmental protection than the government, so if Prime membership prices go up, it’s because of investments for a better future and should not bother you (or buy less, that’s also better for the Earth).

          • CarCzarDesigner

            Very clever answer. But otherwise rubbish! Private Enterprises trade in Money which is issued & dispersed by the Government. The environment benefit is a farce because some Electric Power plants still rely on fossil fuels or nuclear power to generate electricity – which isn’t really clean energy. So the fact that Politicians just want another reason to become richer and more powerful, pretending to redistribute wealth is relevant.

            Just because Amazon or other companies are making commitments toward Electric powered vehicles, is not really news. The US Government already has a fleet of hybrid Electric and Electric vehicles and this will continue to grow. Yet, drags on the Electric Grid could become problematic going forward. Since you are worried about this…get off the Internet, unplug your house from Grid and walk! Don’t migrate to Uber or Lyft either, that would be hypocrisy. Don’t get a horse or mule for transportation because according to scientists, they pollute and use resources too. But a skateboard might work!

          • willhaven

            What are you talking about? No one is claiming that fossil fuel power plants are clean energy, but 100% of gasoline/diesel vehicles are not clean energy.

          • CarCzarDesigner

            No, Will! What are you talking about? Show me where I claimed “fossil fuel power plants are clean energy”? Or where did I suggest that “…gasoline/diesel vehicles ARE clean energy?” You blowing bull out of your behind today? You might consider getting a job at the CNN or New York Times. Just accusations and Fake News!

          • willhaven

            Honestly I’m not even sure what your argument is because it seems like you’re just rambling against the proliferation of electric vehicles, but you stated:

            “The environment benefit is a farce because some Electric Power plants still rely on fossil fuels or nuclear power to generate electricity – which isn’t really clean energy.”

            The environmental benefit is clear. Electric cars convert energy much more efficiently than gasoline or diesel engines, so even if their energy is derived from dirty power plants, the energy conversion is still more efficient and clean that any fossil fuel burning vehicle.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      You ought to be more concerned about the huge money wasted by Congress! Or haven’t you asked yourself the question of why the minimum wage of $7.50 isn’t enough, these days.

  • what happened to the APPLE car…? Oh ya, no one cares..

  • Rzrlf

    *latepoops

  • Ben

    Cute, I thought it was an enlarged Honda E due to the headlights until I read the title.

  • sidewaysspin

    So finally the 21st century starts.

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