Amazon has placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Michigan-based startup Rivian. The order is part of Amazon’s plan to tackle climate change. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO says he expects 100,000 Rivian vans to be on the road by 2024. The first vans will hit the road in 2021, with prototypes arriving as soon as 2020.
Rivian has received huge investments from a host of major players this year, including an over $700 million dollar investment from Amazon. Ford recently announced its $500 million investment in the company also and said it plans to have Rivian help create a new electric vehicle to be sold by the automaker.
Rivian has shown off two vehicles so far: the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV. Built on the same technological platform, Rivian claims its vehicles — which will start at around $70,000 — will be able to travel up to around 400 miles on a single charge, hit 60 miles per hour in under three seconds, and eventually be able to drive themselves in some capacity.
Amazon’s purchase reveals a third vehicle in Rivian’s lineup: a delivery van. It suggests that rather than focusing exclusively on the off-road segment, the startup will also be looking into commercial vehicles.