Amazon reveals its own electric delivery van
Built by California-based Rivian, the van will begin doing its rounds of deliveries from 2021.
With Amazon Prime Air still not advancing beyond the video demonstration stage, the mega corporation has decided to take an alternative path and use electric vans built by American EV manufacturer Rivian for their advanced delivery service, and now we can see for the first time the results of that partnership.
On paper, the project seems ingenious, as the van features 360-degree exterior cameras and sensors, an infotainment system integrated with Alexa and "suite of highway and traffic assist technology".
Both parties have expressed excitement for the project, with Amazon's global fleet boss saying "We know that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle. We wanted drivers to love using it," while Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe commented: "We prioritised safety and functionality to create a vehicle that's optimised for package delivery."
Rivian is set to provide 10,000 of these vans to Amazon by 2022, and 100,000 of them by 2030, which sounds like a vary ambitious goal. Hopefully this won't turn out a disappointment like Nikola's fraudulent projects did.