Adorable Electric Amazon Rivian Delivery Van Spotted in the Wild01/13/2021
Amazon’s new delivery van is one of the cutest things poking up on the automotive horizon. It’s fully electric, built to make delivery drivers’ lives easier, and is the spawn of a huge deal between up-and-coming EV maker Rivian and Amazon. The Baby Yoda of delivery vehicles went into production late last year, and Amazon is planning on having them on the road early in 2021. Thing is, we just didn’t expect the wide-eyed vans to hit the streets this early.
A video of one of Rivian’s vantastic creations was posted to YouTube less than two weeks after the start of the year, and we’re happy to see that Amazon, erm, delivered on its promise to get the EVs out there on time. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to us that the van you see in the video isn’t quite the finished product, however, and that it was just out for some early testing. While the vans are quite rare at the moment, they’ll soon be everywhere, just like Amazon’s current fleet of gas- and diesel-fueled delivery vans.
Each of these vans is designed to go somewhere between 120 and 150 miles on a single charge. While that doesn’t sound like that much compared to current long-range EVs such as the Lucid Air or Tesla Model S, we’re told the range is optimized for the routes these city crawlers will be using. There is no sense in allowing a vehicle with 300 miles of range to return to a fulfillment center at the end of the day still half full and letting life slowly trickle out of the battery for the next 24 hours before it’s used again.
Amazon said it wants to have as many as 10,000 of the electric vans on the go and making deliveries by 2022, while a full fleet of 100,000 delivery-Vs is expected by 2030. That’s an ambitious target considering the ink on the deal between Rivian and Amazon is barely dry, but it seems like the two are already well on their way to making that huge target a reality. It does make you think, though, about what the fate of all the old Amazon vans might be … Did somebody say van life?
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