Amazon Has Delivered More Than 5 Million Packages So Far With Its New Rivian Electric Vehicles
Amazon’s roll-out of its new electric delivery vehicles designed by Rivian is beating announced milestones ahead of the holiday season.
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Since July, Amazon said it has expanded its delivery fleet to include more than 1,000 Rivian electric vehicles delivering more than 5 million packages in over 100 cities across the US, meeting its original Rivian fleet expansion goal for this year.
In addition to the original metro areas of Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis, Rivian electric delivery vehicles will be delivering holiday gifts in Austin, Boston, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Madison, Newark, New York, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Portland, Provo, and Salt Lake City.
“We’re always excited for the holiday season, but making deliveries to customers across the country with our new zero-emission vehicles for the first time makes this year unique,” said Udit Madan, vice president of Amazon Transportation.
As the custom electric vehicles are deployed to more delivery stations around the country, delivery drivers continue to share positive feedback about the vehicles with Amazon.
Designed with safety, sustainability, and driver experience in mind, the company said drivers praise the spacious interiors, 360-degree cameras, and ventilated seats for fast heating and cooling.
“We started making deliveries with the electric vehicles from Rivian in August, and my team has had nothing but good things to say about the vans,” said Julieta Dennis, an Amazon Delivery Service Partner and owner of Kangaroo Logistics.
“The safety features, like the automatic emergency braking and 360-degree cameras, are game changers, and the drivers also love the overall comfort of the vehicle.”
Amazon Decarbonization Is Global Effort
While the early milestones are a good start for Amazon, it still has a long way to go to reach its ultimate goal of reaching net-zero carbon by 2040.
Amazon has committed to having 100,000 electric delivery vehicles on US roads by 2030, eliminating millions of metric tons of carbon per year.
But it is not just in the United States or North America where Amazon is investing to reduce carbon emissions.
In October, the company also announced plans to invest more than €1 billion over the next five years to decarbonize its transportation network across Europe, including delivery vans and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs).
Overall, these investments are also intended to drive innovation across the industry and encourage more public charging infrastructure, Amazon said.
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Richard is co-founder of eSeller365. He has over 17 years of experience on eBay which includes tens of thousands of sales to buyers in over 100 countries and even has experience with eBay’s VeRO program enforcing intellectual property rights for a former employer. And for about two years Richard sold products on Amazon using Amazon FBA in the US.
To “relax” from the daily business grind, for a few weekends a year, he also works for IMSA as a professional race official.