Amazon Unveils Its First Custom Electric Delivery Vehicle

Amazon has announced its first custom electrical delivery vehicle built in partnership with American automaker Rivian. Developing an in-house electrical delivery vehicle is a part of Amazon’s plans to make all shipments net-zero carbon by 2040.

Through this partnership, Amazon states it would launch 10,000 customized delivery vans by 2022. In addition, the e-commerce giant has formidable plans to increase its availability to 100,000 by 2030.As for the customized electric vans themselves, they’re built with security, navigation, and design options in mind. For starters, Rivian has used sensor detection for highway & traffic assist capabilities. Furthermore, Amazon has built-in its voice assistant, Alexa, for hands-free access to route info and climate updates.

The giant windshield of the van ensures that the driver has proper visibility on the highway and adjacent vehicles. Speaking of visibility, the electric van additionally equips 360-degree exterior cameras whose video output might be seen on the central display inside the cabin.

amazon delivery van display

Safety features of the van include a strengthened door on the driver’s side, vivid tail lights on the rear in order that other vehicles can easily identify when the van applies the brakes, and three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door.

amazon delivery van interior

“We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last-mile delivery. We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home,” said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products in an official blog post.

This customized electrical vehicle is one of Amazon’s latest initiatives to increase the rate of electric vehicle adoption in its delivery fleet. The firm lately also introduced its plans so as to add 1,800 electrical vehicles in Europe and 10,000 e-rickshaws in India.

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