Amazon begins testing its new electric delivery vans
First announced in 2019, Amazon has now begun testing its first custom-made electric delivery vans in Los Angeles. Amazon has ordered a total of 100,000 of these vans, manufactured by Rivian.
Amazon and Rivian began testing vehicles four months prior to making customer deliveries, as part of the testing and development process. Amazon is working with Rivian to conduct additional testing of the vehicle’s performance, safety durability in various climates and geographies, as engineers continue to refine the vehicles for the start of large-scale production slated for the end of this year. The current fleet of vehicles was built at Rivian's studio in Plymouth, Michigan, and can drive up to 150 miles on a single charge.
Amazon has also started preparing its buildings and installing chargers across North America and Europe.
The order is part of Amazon’s support of The Climate Pledge, a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon across its operations by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement.
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