Amazon and Rivian unveil first custom electric delivery vehicle

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Amazon has released images and a video of its new custom electric delivery vehicle, which has been designed and built in partnership with EV manufacturer Rivian.

The details of the new delivery vehicle have been released one year after Amazon announced the Climate Pledge, which was a commitment by the e-commerce giant to be net zero carbon by 2040. As part of this pledge 10,000 Amazon custom electric delivery vehicles will be on the road by 2022 and 100,000 by 2030.

The vehicle has been developed to enhance the driver experience and optimize safety. It features state-of-the-art sensor detection, a suite of highway and traffic assist technology, and a large windshield to enhance driver visibility. Meanwhile, exterior cameras around the vehicle are linked to a digital display inside the cabin, giving the driver a 360° view outside the vehicle.

The vehicle also includes Alexa integration for hands-free access to route information and the latest weather updates; a strengthened door on the driver’s side for additional protection; a ‘dancefloor’ inside the driver’s cabin for easy movement inside the van; and three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door, which can easily be opened and closed for additional driver protection while on the road.

Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products, said, “We are working to advance and implement the technology that will support these vans – ranging from the physical charging infrastructure to enhancements and optimization of our delivery stations.

“We hope our custom electric vehicle helps create a sense of urgency in the industry to think big about embracing sustainable technology and solutions – whether you’re a package delivery company, a logistics company, an ice cream manufacturer, or almost anyone else with vehicles on the road,” added Rachey.

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