Amazon Begins Testing Electric Vans Built by EV Startup Company Rivian in San Francisco

By McKenzie Carpenter Thursday, March 18, 2021

The EV market is continuing to make headway into the mainstream consumer market as tech businesses and automotive companies are investing more and more. Giant ecommerce company Amazon has begun testing its new delivery EV van. The electric car was built by Ann Arbor, Michigan-based EV startup company, Rivian.

Amazon headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Amazon’s New EV

In October 2020, the ecommerce business unveiled its plans to deploy 10,000 electric delivery vans by 2022 and 100,000 by 2030, all created by the EV startup company. Rivian has raised $8.2 billion in total funding.

In February, the ecommerce business announced the electric vans were starting to hit the road in different parts of Los Angeles as part of Amazon’s $2 billion climate change fund, The Climate Pledge. According to the ecommerce business, with the development of electric delivery vans from Rivian, Amazon will be able to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 and 100% renewable energy operations by 2025.

Now just one month after the initial Los Angeles launch, Amazon is launching its new EV in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ross Rachey, director of global fleets and products for the ecommerce company, said, “As we continue to grow and invest in California, we want to do so responsibly.”

The $1.55 trillion ecommerce business and the EV startup company have worked together to create an electric van that can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge. The EV delivery van also includes a 360-degree camera as a safety precaution and an Alexa voice control. Amazon and Rivian have plans to work on different motor and battery combinations to adhere to different environments.

The Seattle Times reports that Amazon delivered more than 20 million packages to customers via electric delivery vehicles across North America and Europe in 2020. CNBC states that the ecommerce business has plans to expand its EV fleet to 14 more cities across the United States (US) this year.

Other Amazon News

The partnership with Rivian is just one of Amazon’s commitments and investments to finding new innovative technologies that can potentially make an impact on people’s lives and the world.

In February, Startup Savant reported Tsu, a social media app that is meant to reward users for their content and followers, partnered with Amazon Web Services to improve the app’s streaming capabilities. On Tuesday, Amazon announced the rollout of a new European contest to find the most innovative startup.

These couple of investments from the company are just an example of the immense success the business has. Last month, it was reported that Amazon had $100 billion in sales in Q4 of last year alone.

About the Author

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McKenzie Carpenter is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. in Integrative Public Relations and French. McKenzie has previously worked for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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