Amazon Reveals Rivian Electric Delivery Van It Will Start Using In 2021

Amazon has premiered its Rivian electric delivery van that should hit the roads in 2021.

Amazon has premiered its Rivian electric delivery van that should hit the roads in 2021.

Last year, the e-commerce giant announced that it had ordered 100,000 electric vans from electric truck startup Rivian.

Amazon, one of Rivian’s investors, plans to introduce 10,000 of these e-vans into service by 2022, and the rest 90,000 by 2030.

According to Green Car Reports, the van design has changed from the first announcement photos. However, the design is still unique to Amazon, and every vehicle will carry Amazon’s logo instead of Rivian’s.

“The headlights, however, seem to signal some continuity with Rivian's R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV. The launch of both vehicles has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the R1T scheduled to start deliveries in June 2021, followed by the R1S in August 2021. That's a delay of approximately six months from when they were originally due.”

Neither Rivian nor Amazon has given any details on whether the new van will be related to the existing R1T pickup truck or R1S SUV.

It’s possible that the van will use the “skateboard” chassis from the R1T and R1S but with a longer wheelbase.

This initiative will certainly earn Amazon a big plus with the eco-conscious shoppers who like the idea that their parcels are being shipped with clean energy. 

Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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