Amazon has just released a video showing that its electric delivery vans, sourced from EV maker Rivian, have begun delivering actual packages to customers as the online giant looks to reduce its emissions and cut delivery costs for its millions of packages.
“Climate change doesn’t allow us to sit back and be passive,” said Amazon’s global fleet director Ross Rachey. “We’ve relied on Rivian’s automotive expertise, we’ve listened to our drivers, we’ve created something that’s at the leading edge of safety technology,” the executive added, in the clip showing that the vans are now ready to start delivering packages in the Los Angeles area.
The video talks about the development of the new EV. The van, a partnership with Rivian, went from idea to on the road in about a year, Amazon said. The company plans to have more than 10,000 of the new vehicle in its fleet by the end of next year, Amazon said, and has announced it will expand its fleet to 100,000 EVs over time
The van was first shown off in October of last year, and while specifications like range and power weren’t revealed, Amazon did tout loads of driver assistance tech including a 360-degree camera and Amazon Alexa integration for better routing and information. The retail and online services giant has said that it is committed to achieving net-zero
carbon emissions across its operations by 2040.