Did you even know Rivian had this sort of product in mind?
Amazon was one of the first companies to bet on Rivian. It made a $700 million investment in the EV startup. Now, Amazon wants to make sure Rivian will have lots of cars to build. Actually, more than 100,000 right away. But not necessarily the ones we already know. Amazon wants 100,000 electric delivery trucks. Did you even know Rivian was developing these products?
Dave Clark, Amazon's SVP (Senior Vice President) of Worldwide Operations & Customer Service, tweeted the company ordered that many vehicles from Rivian, as you can see below:
Our fleet is Electrifying! Thrilled to announce the order of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles – the largest order of electric delivery vehicles ever. Look out for the new vans starting in 2021. pic.twitter.com/y5qYpuy2WP— Dave Clark (@davehclark) September 19, 2019
The new electric delivery trucks will appear in 2021. Not a very long waiting time, if you consider the company will just start producing the R1T and the R1S in 2020.
The vehicles are part of a commitment Amazon has made to The Climate Pledge. This agreement demands the ones that sign it to make all possible efforts to go carbon neutral by 2040, ten years earlier than the Paris Accord determines.
Amazon says the 100,000 electric delivery trucks order is the largest ever for this sort of vehicle. The company wants to have 10,000 of them on the streets by 2022. Rivian will have to deliver the other 90,000 units by 2030.
Amazon estimates the electric delivery trucks will prevent 4 million metric tons of carbon from reaching the atmosphere by 2030. By that time, the company will be using 100 percent of renewable energy in its global infrastructure. The plan is to achieve 80 percent by 2024.
Our focus is on the vehicles, but we have to say that there is not much info about them. The renderings in this article show a “powered by Rivian” sticker on the bottom of each side of the electric delivery vans, but that is pretty much everything.
Rivian has a patented modular system. It allows its current cars to present any desired shape. We just are not sure it will fit Amazon’s delivery truck demands. Perhaps the company will have to develop something tailored for its biggest investor.
We have contacted Rivian to learn more about these vehicles and those answers will surely make us write an entirely new article. Wait for it.