Electric van manufacturer Rivian started delivering its vehicles to Amazon fleets all over the U.S. Indeed, Rivian e-vans are part of Amazon’s commitment to create a more sustainable delivery fleet that will help it reach net-zero carbon across its operations by 2040 as part of The Climate Pledge.
E-vans hitting the road in several U.S. cities
The two companies have quite ambitious targets for the coming months and years. They plan to bring thousands of custom electric delivery vehicles to more than 100 cities by the end of this year, and 100,000 across the U.S. by 2030. Currently, the electric vans are hitting the road in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis, among other cities.
Amazon has been testing deliveries with Rivian preproduction vehicles since 2021, delivering over 430,000 packages and accumulating over 90,000 miles. This significant testing has allowed Rivian to continuously improve the vehicle’s performance, safety and durability in various climates and geographies as well as its state-of-the-art features to ensure driver satisfaction, and overall functionality. Rivian has also completed certifications with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California Air Resources Board, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Statements from Amazon and Rivian
“Fighting the effects of climate change requires constant innovation and action, and Amazon is partnering with companies who share our passion for inventing new ways to minimize our impact on the environment. Rivian has been an excellent partner in that mission, and we’re excited to see our first custom electric delivery vehicles on the road”, said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon. “Today marks a significant milestone in our Climate Pledge commitment. Rivian was one of the first companies Amazon invested in through the Climate Pledge Fund, and we’re just getting started on our journey to have 100,000 of Rivian’s vehicles on the road by 2030. And, in addition to being sustainable, these new vehicles are also great for drivers. They were designed with driver input and feedback along the way, and they’re among the safest and most comfortable delivery vehicles on the road today”.
“Today represents an important step, not just for Amazon and Rivian as partners, but also for transportation and the environment”, added RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian. “In 2019, Rivian and Amazon committed to fast-tracking a new type of delivery vehicle that would result in a significant reduction of carbon emissions. Thanks to our teams’ dedication, hard work and collaboration, and a shared commitment to make the world a better place for our kids’ kids, that vision is now being realized. To say this is an exciting moment is an understatement. We’re thrilled to see this partnership has kickstarted decarbonization projects across the logistics delivery industry”.