Rivian Automotive delivered its first batch of electrical supply vans on Thursday to Amazon, an early investor that has been ready out manufacturing delays on the EV startup however can now put the futuristic autos to work in main U.S. cities.
“In 2019, Rivian and Amazon dedicated to fast-tracking a brand new kind of supply car that may lead to a major discount of carbon emissions,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe stated in a joint assertion by the businesses. “That imaginative and prescient is now being realized.”
The transfer is one other step ahead for Rivian, which has struggled to ramp up manufacturing of its electrical R1T pickup, and has solely lately introduced the formal launch of its R1S SUV. Rivian’s client autos are constructed on the R1 platform at its manufacturing unit in Regular, Unwell., and the electrical supply vans are constructed on a separate line.
Amazon unveiled road-ready EDVs at a last-mile supply heart in Chicago, the businesses stated. Amazon has been testing preproduction autos since final yr.
“Beginning right now, clients throughout the U.S. will start to see customized electrical supply autos from Rivian delivering their Amazon packages, with the electrical autos hitting the street in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas Metropolis, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis, amongst different cities,” the businesses stated.
“This rollout is just the start of what’s anticipated to be 1000’s of Amazon’s customized electrical supply autos in additional than 100 cities by the tip of this yr — and 100,000 throughout the U.S. by 2030,” the discharge stated.
The vans for Amazon’s fleet will come in numerous sizes, based mostly on cargo capability.
Rivian has stated the EDV 700, with 700 cubic toes of cargo area, is rated at simply greater than 200 miles of vary. The automaker can also be making a smaller EDV 500, and plans a much bigger EDV 900 — each with at the very least 150 miles of vary.
Amazon stated it has added 1000’s of charging stations at its supply facilities throughout the nation and can proceed the growth to assist the electrification of its supply fleet. Amazon can also be ordering electrical Ram ProMaster vans from Stellantis.
Rivian stated in its fourth-quarter 2021 earnings report that it had began manufacturing and deliveries of the electrical supply vans, and a few check autos have been noticed in main cities.
“Amazon has been testing deliveries with Rivian preproduction autos since 2021, delivering over 430,000 packages and accumulating over 90,000 miles,” the businesses stated. “This vital testing has allowed Rivian to constantly enhance the car’s efficiency, security and sturdiness in varied climates and geographies.”