Amazon orders 100,000 Rivian electric vans, will hit the road in 2021
The first electric van will be an Amazon exclusive, and will help reduce the retailer's carbon footprint.
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Rivian said Thursday it will design, build and service a new electric van exclusively for Amazon. A representative confirmed with Roadshow this will not be a new vehicle for the public, but a dedicated electric delivery van for the online retailer. It looks like something along the lines of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, but with the cutesy Honda E face. Amazon CEO
said the company plans to purchase 100,000 of these unnamed Rivian electric
and the electric-car startup plans for the first to hit the road by 2021.
Rivian confirmed the electric van production won't interfere with its R1T and R1S truck and SUV production. The company also plans to build the electric van at the same Illinois-based facility where R1T and R1S vehicles will leave the assembly line. Come late 2022, Rivian expects to have 10,000 of the electric vans roaming streets with Amazon packages onboard. As mentioned, full deployment will see 100,000 of them on the road.
A company spokesperson added the full fleet will save an estimated 4 million metric tons of C02 from spewing into the atmosphere each year.