Some already know Rivian, for those who not so much, it is the automaker of which Amazon is one of its largest shareholders, and for those who have just delivered the first fully electric charging units.
Recently, through his Twitter account, RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian, revealed part of the retail giant’s fleet of fully electric delivery vans.
Amazon’s renewable energy delivery van, started his tests in Los Angeles and other cities in the United States, earlier this year in February.
Later, the cargo vehicle was seen in San Francisco and delivering packages in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in April. More recently, there is evidence of numerous sightings of the utility in Seattle.
The electric van uses the development platform of the two SUV Rivian existing on the market, it is capable of traveling about 240 kilometers per charge and it is known that Amazon ordered 100,000 units for its operation.
The vehicle concept was created and custom built for Amazon after Bezos’s company led a the automaker’s investment round in 2019.
In a timely manner, Rivian confirmed investments of $ 700 million, led by Amazon to help produce the R1T pickup truck and the seven-seater R1S SUV.
“This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift towards sustainable mobility ”, declared Scaringe after the successful economic call.
“Beyond simply eliminating trade-offs around performance, capacity and efficiency, we are working to drive innovation throughout the customer experience. Delivering on this vision requires the right partners, and we are excited to have Amazon with us on our journey to create products, technology and experiences that reestablish expectations of what is possible, ”he explained.
In the recent tweet revealing the electric van lineup, Rivian confirmed that it originally planned to begin deliveries of the van as well. pickup R1T Launch Edition in June, however, deliveries were delayed until July.
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Amazon ordered 100,000 Rivian utilities
Last month, Rivian contacted some R1T pre-order holders, who received details of the impending delivery process.
That is to say, Rivian trucks have achieved a vast reputation for performanceOr, even its R1T pickup model is compared to the Ford F-150 Lightning.
Due to the success and the prospect of acceptance of the Rivian in the electricity market, the company has just announced its idea of finalize a European sales plan for 2022, what it would include a small vehicle that would also reach the Chinese market.
According to the Rivian Owners Forum “Rivian’s plans for Europe have been under speculation for the past few months when it was reported that they were looking for factory locations in the UK, Germany and Hungary, along with job openings to hire an analyst senior in field planning and delivery in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) area.
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