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Amazon's electric trucks from Rivian start delivering goods in LA

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Amazon says it plans to roll out tens of thousands of electric delivery vehicles over the next few years
Amazon says it plans to roll out tens of thousands of electric delivery vehicles over the next few years
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Amazon says its electric delivery trucks can drive up to 150 miles (240 km) on a single charge
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Amazon says its electric delivery trucks can drive up to 150 miles (240 km) on a single charge

The first of 100,000 electric trucks Rivian is making for Amazon have taken to the streets of Los Angeles, as the e-commerce giant takes the first steps in a low-carbon overhaul of its delivery fleet. The trucks have been rolled out as part of testing along selected routes, with the company hoping to introduce them in more than a dozen other US cities before the year is out.

It was back in September of 2019 that Rivian entered an agreement with Amazon to supply it with 100,000 electric trucks to help it clean up its business operations. That effort includes a pledge from Amazon to be completely carbon neutral by 2040, and a shift to delivery vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions will be a key part of the solution.

It is in October of last year that we got our first real look at this vehicle, which has been built from the ground up to suit Amazon’s delivery operations. That means a large windshield with 360-degree cameras for panoramic views of the driver’s surroundings, integrated Alexa and a “dancefloor” space inside the cabin for easy loading and unloading of packages. We learn today that these vehicles can also drive up to 150 miles (240 km) on a single charge.

Amazon says its electric delivery trucks can drive up to 150 miles (240 km) on a single charge
Amazon says its electric delivery trucks can drive up to 150 miles (240 km) on a single charge

Amazon says it has spent the past four months testing the vehicles, and these early customer deliveries throughout LA are a part of that continued testing. This includes assessing the vehicle’s safety and performance across different climates and geographies, with the company hoping to deploy them in 15 other cities, and then refine the design before kicking off production later in the year.

"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," says 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 says it will roll out tens of thousands of electric delivery vehicles over the next few years.

Source: Amazon

4 comments
4 comments
NZRalphy
I'd like a LWB one of these vans as a camper :o)
ChairmanLMAO
Wonder how much it would cost to install one of those fuel pumps in your yard?
BlueOak
Very cool project and accomplished so quickly. One does wonder about the wisdom, sustainability and greenness of moving away from the Midwest supplier base and closely located Rivian production plant, from a modest cost of living location with modest regulation to a state on the other end of the country where everyone else seems to be leaving due to high costs and over-regulation. California.
guzmanchinky
I just saw one on the freeway here near Los Angeles. Funny looking but very cool.