Amazon’s Rivian-made electric vans are now delivering in some US cities

Don’t be surprised when one of Rivian’s electric vans delivers your next Amazon order. Amazon has announced that Rivian’s custom electric vehicles are now delivering packages across the United States. You can find them in numerous cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. The company expects the vans to serve over 100 cities by the end of 2022, and still hopes to deploy 100,000 vehicles by 2030.

Amazon’s rollout did not go as smoothly as initially expected. The company began testing Rivian’s van in Los Angeles early last year and hopes to have them deployed in as many as 16 cities by the end of 2021. However, expansion was relatively slow, with San Francisco being the most notable addition.

Carrier Rivian is designed to help Amazon reach its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, but it also represents a technological upgrade. The bespoke vans are designed with safety in mind, with better visibility and a variety of driver aids, including automatic emergency braking and highway assistant. Not surprisingly, they use Alexa to help drivers check the weather and otherwise enhance their rides.

The stake could be important for the finances of both companies. Amazon held a 20 percent stake in Rivian at the end of 2021 – it will benefit if its automotive partner does so. It’s also no secret that Rivian is cutting costs to aim for sustainable growth. It needs as much business as possible, and wider adoption by Amazon could improve its bottom line.

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