Amazon begins rolling out Rivian Delivery electric vehicles in the US


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Customers across the United States will begin to see custom electric delivery vehicles from Rivian delivering their Amazon packages, with the electric vehicles hitting the road in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis, among other cities. Amazon says this rollout is just the start of what is expected to be thousands of Amazon’s custom electric delivery vehicles in more than 100 cities by the end of this year — and 100,000 vehicles across the states. United by 2030.

The vehicles are the product of Amazon’s partnership with Rivian, which the companies announced in 2019 when Amazon co-founded and became the first signatory to “The Climate Pledge” – a commitment to achieve zero carbon in its operations. by 2040. As part of the commitment, Amazon has also pledged to have 100,000 electric delivery vehicles on the road by 2030.

Amazon says it has been testing deliveries with pre-production Rivian vehicles since 2021, delivering more than 430,000 packages and racking up more than 90,000 miles. Rivian has also obtained certifications from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Air Resources Board and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Custom vehicles are manufactured at Rivian’s Illinois plant and include innovative technology and features such as 360 degree visibility; a suite of safety features including sensor detection, road and roadside assistance technology; a large windshield to improve driver visibility; automatic emergency cut-off; adaptive cruise control; collision warnings; technology that fully integrates the delivery workflow with the vehicle, enabling “seamless access to routing, navigation and driver assistance;” automatic locking/unlocking of the doors when the driver approaches or leaves the vehicle; a motorized bulkhead door that opens when drivers reach their delivery location; and a reinforced driver’s side door for added protection.

Amazon has also added thousands of charging stations at its delivery stations across the country. Amazon has partnered with nonprofit CERES and several other fleet operators to launch the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, which Amazon says was created to bring businesses together to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. electrical.

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