Amazon has one of the largest physical presences in the world, so its environmental impact is vast. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is on a mission to achieve the goal of the Paris Climate Accord 10 years early and a key part of that is an order for 100,000 battery-electric vans from Rivian.
If the association between the words Amazon and Rivian are pulling vague memories, there’s a reason. Amazon has already invested $700 million into Rivian on the equity side, so ordering vehicles from them makes a lot of sense. Deliveries of the battery-electric vans will commence in 2021, but by 2030 all 100,000 are scheduled to be on the road.
The vans and other measures are expected to make Amazon carbon neutral by 2030, 10 years ahead of the goal contained within the Paris Climate Accord.
“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder. “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.”
Aside from releasing the above image of the new delivery van, Rivian has been vague regarding technical details of Amazon’s new ride. The vans will be based on the Rivian R1T and R1S, including sharing the same battery pack as the retail vehicles. Like the passenger vehicles, the delivery van will be built at Rivian’s assembly plant in Normal, Illinois.