Introducing Amazon's first custom electric delivery vehicle
Amazon has revealed its first custom electric delivery vehicle, designed and built in partnership with Rivian, and expects to have 10,000 of the new vans on the road delivering to customers as early as 2022.
In support of The Climate Pledge commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, Amazon expects to have 100,000 of the vehicles on the road by 2030. This is one of three different models that Amazon has invested in, and completely customized with Rivian, to save millions of metric tons of carbon per year while enhancing the driver experience and optimizing safety.
"When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle. We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home," said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon's Global Fleet and Products. "We combined Rivian's technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery."
"The vehicle we've developed with Amazon is not just electric. We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that's optimized for package delivery," said RJ Scaringe, Rivian CEO. "We thought through how drivers get in and out of the van, what the work space feels like and what the work flow is for delivering packages."
Amazon's custom electric vehicle is packed with industry leading safety, navigation, and design features, including:
- State-of-the-art sensor detection, a suite of highway and traffic assist technology, and a large windshield to enhance driver visibility.
- Exterior cameras around the vehicle that are linked to a digital display inside the cabin, giving the driver a 360-degree view outside the vehicle.
- Alexa integration for hands-free access to route information and the latest weather updates.
- A strengthened door on the driver's side for additional protection.
- A "dancefloor" inside the driver's cabin for easy movement inside the van.
- Bright tail lights surrounding the rear of the vehicle to easily detect braking.
- Three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door, which can easily be opened and closed for additional driver protection while on the road.
"We are working to advance and implement the technology that will support these vans—ranging from the physical charging infrastructure to enhancements and optimization of our delivery stations,” said Rachey.
Prior to investing in Rivian, Amazon was unable to find electric options that met the needs of its drivers and delivery operations. Instead of waiting for the industry to advance, Amazon partnered with Rivian to accelerate the path to an electric delivery vehicle that fit its needs. Together the companies invented a solution that Rachey believes will reset industry expectations for electric delivery vehicle capabilities.
"We hope our custom electric vehicle helps create a sense of urgency in the industry to think big about embracing sustainable technology and solutions—whether you're a package delivery company, a logistics company, an ice cream manufacturer, or almost anyone else with vehicles on the road," said Rachey.
In support of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is innovating and investing to be net-zero carbon by 2040 and run on 100% renewable energy by 2025. We are purchasing 100,000 fully-electric delivery vehicles, the largest order ever for electric delivery vehicles and investing $100 million in nature-based climate solutions and reforestation projects around the world to begin removing carbon from the atmosphere now.
In addition, Amazon is transforming its transportation network around the world by inventing new electrification solutions and using alternative delivery methods. Amazon currently operates hundreds of electric vehicles worldwide and has invested in electric vehicle charging stations for its partners to use, with plans to expand this infrastructure. We're adding 1,800 electric delivery vehicles to the fleet in Europe, and 10,000 electric delivery vehicles to its fleet in India by 2025. We also use e-cargo bikes for deliveries in some European cities and New York City.