Amazon unveils all-electric delivery van to help hit climate pledge

Amazon has revealed the first look at its new all-electric delivery vans.

The machines have been built in partnership with EV startup Rivian, and could be on the roads as soon as next year.

There will eventually be three different van models designed and built by Rivian. The startup received a $700 million investment from Amazon last year.

Inside are three different shelf levels and displays showing a 360-degree view outside courtesy of special cameras mounted on the van. As you’d expect, the vans support Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, perhaps so delivery drivers have someone to talk to while making their rounds.

The vans are part of Amazon’s support of The Climate Pledge commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040.

The company says 10,000 Amazon custom electric delivery vehicles will be on the road delivering to customers worldwide as early as 2022 and all 100,000 by 2030.

‘When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle. We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home,’ said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products.

‘We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery.’

RJ Scaringe, Rivian CEO, added: ‘The vehicle we’ve developed with Amazon is not just electric. We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that’s optimized for package delivery.’

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