Amazon has revealed its first all-electric delivery van built by EV startup company, Rivian. Amazon plans to have 10,000 vans on the road making deliveries as early as 2022 with a total fleet of 100,000 vehicles expected by 2030.
Amazon has not disclosed any details about the vehicle’s drivetrain, battery, range or other relevant specifications at this time. According to the company the van will come with state-of-the-art tech like sensing equipment and an advanced driver-assist system.
Last year, Rivian scored some large investments from a host of major players, including Amazon. In April, Ford announced a $500 million investment in Rivian that the companies said would result in a new electric vehicle to be sold by the auto giant. (That vehicle has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.) Most recently, Rivian landed a $350 million investment from Cox Automotive, a big name in the retail and logistics space. And then, in July 2020, the company pulled in its biggest sum yet: $2.5 billion in a round led by T. Rowe Price, which included Amazon again.
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.
The video unveiled can be watched here .