See Inside Amazon’s new EV Trucks Now Delivering in LA
With Jeff Bezos more time to count his billions, the company he has helped build and shape for the past 27 years is starting to roll out its first electric delivery vans to reduce its carbon footprint.
The trucks built by the electric vehicle startup Rivian are delivering to customers in Los Angeles for the first time. Amazon is preparing to bring 10,000 of its zero-emission vehicles to 15 more cities by 2022.
The EV comes with cute LED headlights and a large windshield for better driver visibility. The interior has a couple of touchscreens with maps showing the way and support for Alexa for hands-free calling. The displays also give the driver a 360 degree view of the outside of the truck through cameras mounted around the outside of the truck.
Three levels of shelving offer plenty of storage space, while a subtle black and blue color scheme ensures that the truck is not the focus of attention when driving through the city district.
We first heard of Amazon’s plan to add electric vehicles to its fleet in 2019 when the online shopping giant announced that it had led a $ 700 million financing round in Rivian.
Amazon and Rivian began testing the vehicle four months ago in preparation for its most recent rollout in LA. More testing will continue as the two companies improve performance and durability around the world based on climates and regions, the e-commerce company said.
The current fleet of vehicles was built at Rivian’s base in Plymouth, Michigan and each can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge.
The e-commerce company is also adapting its buildings to the electric vehicles and installing numerous EV charging stations at its delivery locations in North America and Europe.
“We love the excitement so far from customers – from the photos we see online to the car enthusiasts who our drivers stop to see firsthand,” said Ross Rachey, director of global fleet and products Amazon, in a press release. “From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs available and we’re incredibly proud of it.”
Looking ahead, Amazon plans to have 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030.