Amazon, in partnership with Rivian has brought forth its first custom electric delivery vehicle, developed and manufactured in accordance to The Climate Pledge that the company took a year ago. Having committed to its goal of net zero carbon by the year 2040, they are set to launch 10,000 Amazon custom electric delivery vehicles by 2022 and by 2030 the total number will increase to 100,000. This is an ambitious project and Amazon is working towards fulfilling this goal within the next few decades and has already started investing in new electric vehicle solutions. Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products said, “When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle. We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighbourhood and pulling up to their home. We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery.”
This delivery vehicle is result of Amazon’s and Rivian’s collected efforts and innovation to create a vehicle perfectly suited to the specific needs of Amazon drivers and the vehicle’s long delivery journeys. Abundant with new features, it easily covers all aspects from navigation to comfort and safety. To ease any additional stress on the driver, it has ultramodern sensor detection, loads of highway and traffic assist features and a huge windshield to improve and increase the driver’s area of vision. It also has an upgraded set of safety features for the driver’s protection like a bolstered door on the driver’s side and a triple level shelving with a bulkhead door for easy opening and closing. RJ Scaringe, the CEO of Rivian said, “The vehicle we’ve developed with Amazon is not just electric. We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that’s optimized for package delivery.”
He also went on to add, “We thought through how drivers get in and out of the van, what the work space feels like and what the work flow is for delivering packages.” The delivery vehicle’s ease of access is also visible in its digital display mode for the cabin which gives an all over view of the exterior through the cameras linked to the display, hands-free access to info like route navigation and weather updates with the help of Alexa and bright taillights at the rear to identify braking. The cabin also has a “dancefloor” for easy movement of the driver inside the van. Working towards accomplishing the Climate Pledge, Amazon is steadily growing its convoy of electric delivery vehicles and has also already started investing in electric infrastructure around the world, including electric vehicle charging stations for use. It has also decided to add to this fleet all over the globe, starting with places like India, Europe and New York City.
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