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Amazon has officially started testing Rivian delivery vans on delivery routes in LA!

They plan to have vans operating in 15 cities in 2021.



There's a new vehicle delivering smiles to customers, and it's electric.

Amazon customer deliveries will look a little different in parts of Los Angeles. Just one year after announcing the purchase of 100,000 custom electric delivery vehicles as part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon has begun testing the new vans on delivery routes.

More customers will see the custom electric delivery vehicles cruising neighborhoods in up to 15 additional cities in 2021, ahead of tens of thousands of vehicles hitting the road over the next few years.

"We're loving the enthusiasm from customers so far—from the photos we see online to the car fans who stop our drivers for a first-hand look at the vehicle," said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon's Global Fleet and Products. "From what we've seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs, and we're incredibly proud of that."

Amazon partnered with Rivian, leveraging its customizable skateboard platform to create a first-of-its-kind all-electric delivery vehicle. "Rivian's purpose is to deliver products that the world didn't already have, to redefine expectations through the application of technology and innovation," said RJ Scaringe, Rivian Founder and CEO. "This milestone is one example of how Rivian and Amazon are working toward the world of 2040, and we hope it inspires other companies to fundamentally change the way that they operate."

Amazon and Rivian began testing vehicles four months prior to making customer deliveries, as part of the testing and development process. Amazon is working with Rivian to conduct additional testing of the vehicle’s performance, safety durability in various climates and geographies, as engineers continue to refine the vehicles for the start of production slated for the end of this year. The current fleet of vehicles was built at Rivian's studio in Plymouth, Michigan, and can drive up to 150 miles on a single charge.

Amazon has also started getting its buildings ready to accommodate the new fleet of vehicles and has installed thousands of electric vehicle charging stations at its delivery stations across North America and Europe.

In support of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to achieving net-zero carbon across its operations by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. To achieve this goal, Amazon is transforming its transportation network. Along with custom electric delivery vehicles, Amazon is exploring new technologies, alternative fuels, and delivery methods that deliver packages to customers in a more sustainable way. Amazon currently operates thousands of electric vehicles worldwide and is redesigning its delivery stations to service electric vehicles—ranging from the electrical design to the physical layout. Last year, Amazon delivered more than 20 million packages to customers in electric delivery vehicles across North America and Europe and will continue building on that momentum in 2021.
 

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Another article on the topic:

 

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Looks like its straight out of the Flintstones. I wonder if you can drive it with your feet if you run out of charge...
 

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Amazon has officially started testing Rivian delivery vans on delivery routes in LA!

They plan to have vans operating in 15 cities in 2021.



There's a new vehicle delivering smiles to customers, and it's electric.

Amazon customer deliveries will look a little different in parts of Los Angeles. Just one year after announcing the purchase of 100,000 custom electric delivery vehicles as part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon has begun testing the new vans on delivery routes.

More customers will see the custom electric delivery vehicles cruising neighborhoods in up to 15 additional cities in 2021, ahead of tens of thousands of vehicles hitting the road over the next few years.

"We're loving the enthusiasm from customers so far—from the photos we see online to the car fans who stop our drivers for a first-hand look at the vehicle," said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon's Global Fleet and Products. "From what we've seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs, and we're incredibly proud of that."

Amazon partnered with Rivian, leveraging its customizable skateboard platform to create a first-of-its-kind all-electric delivery vehicle. "Rivian's purpose is to deliver products that the world didn't already have, to redefine expectations through the application of technology and innovation," said RJ Scaringe, Rivian Founder and CEO. "This milestone is one example of how Rivian and Amazon are working toward the world of 2040, and we hope it inspires other companies to fundamentally change the way that they operate."

Amazon and Rivian began testing vehicles four months prior to making customer deliveries, as part of the testing and development process. Amazon is working with Rivian to conduct additional testing of the vehicle’s performance, safety durability in various climates and geographies, as engineers continue to refine the vehicles for the start of production slated for the end of this year. The current fleet of vehicles was built at Rivian's studio in Plymouth, Michigan, and can drive up to 150 miles on a single charge.

Amazon has also started getting its buildings ready to accommodate the new fleet of vehicles and has installed thousands of electric vehicle charging stations at its delivery stations across North America and Europe.

In support of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to achieving net-zero carbon across its operations by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. To achieve this goal, Amazon is transforming its transportation network. Along with custom electric delivery vehicles, Amazon is exploring new technologies, alternative fuels, and delivery methods that deliver packages to customers in a more sustainable way. Amazon currently operates thousands of electric vehicles worldwide and is redesigning its delivery stations to service electric vehicles—ranging from the electrical design to the physical layout. Last year, Amazon delivered more than 20 million packages to customers in electric delivery vehicles across North America and Europe and will continue building on that momentum in 2021.
Another video from Amazon.

 

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Is that launch green? :ROFLMAO:
 

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Amazon has started making deliveries with the electric vans in the Bay Area now.

Amazon, hoping to widen the use of green technologies in its operations, is launching deliveries in the Bay Area using electric vans, the company said Thursday.

“As we continue to grow and invest in California, we want to do so responsibly,” said Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s global fleet and products. The company sees the move as a way to reduce its carbon footprint.


 

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They're now expanding outside of California. Tulsa is now getting deliveries from the Rivian vans.


Rivian’s fully-electric vans are already being used by Amazon to deliver packages in Los Angeles and San Francisco. They were first rolled out in Los Angeles in February and then San Francisco followed starting in mid-March. Now they just began delivery duty in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

When Teslarati reached out to Rivian to ask about why the company had chosen LA and San Francisco, Rivian replied that it was thanks to a solid customer base there, as well as the unique terrain and the favorable climate. Now, Tulsa we imagine has been chosen for pretty much the same reasons, even though Oklahoma is very different to California.

Ross Rachey, Rivian’s Director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products, explained why Rivian opted to start trials in Tulsa:

From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs, and we’re incredibly proud of that. We’ve chosen Tulsa’s vast urban districts to be among our first sites for additional testing of the vehicle’s performance, safety, and durability. We’re excited to see the vehicle cruising past the city’s vibrant art displays and for our Tulsa customers to be among the first to see these vehicles.

Apparently, Rivian plans to begin testing the van in 13 additional metropolitan areas in the United States by the end of this year. The plan is to have as many as 10,000 vans in operation in early 2022, although next year the plan is to have a much broader rollout of the van across the country. Amazon ordered 100,000 of them and they will be slowly be introduced until the year 2030 (as part of Amazon’s stated goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2040).

As a reminder, the Rivian electric delivery van’s specs have not actually been revealed. All we know is it has a range of around 150 miles, but we don’t know how big the battery pack is or how powerful its motor is. The range may vary, though, as Rivian has announced that it can offer several battery pack sizes depending on what type of route a certain van will be used on.
 

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Denver is the next stop for Rivian van deliveries.

 
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