In September 2019, Amazon announced that it was purchasing 100,000 Rivian electric delivery trucks as part of its goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2040.
As part of that undertaking, Amazon started a fund, and invested in Rivian through it.
And theThe e-commerce giants launched one version of their delivery trucks in October of last year.
Amazon now says it is testing custom electric trucks in as many as 16 different cities in 2021.
In a statement, Ross Rachey, Amazon Global Product & Fleet Manager, said: “The electricity effort is a source of pride for the company.
“This move required Amazon to install thousands of electric chargers, change the electrical design and plan connection facilities in North America and Europe,” he added.
The company built a fleet of test vehicles for Amazon at its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, and the companies said: Each truck can drive up to 150 miles with a single charge.
The vehicles are still in the testing phase, and their design and features could be modified before production begins, which Rivian is aiming for by the end of 2021.
Rivian is also expected to be one of the first to bring a fully electric pickup to the market later this year
While it is still privately owned, Rivian is shaping up to be a serious competitor to Tesla, and has raised nearly $ 8 billion since 2019.
Demand for light duty trucks, including delivery trucks, is expected to be high in the United States in the coming years.
This is partly because President Biden, through his Buy America plan, committed to replacing the federal government’s fleet of internal-combustion engines with cleaner, quieter electric motors.
According to Public Services Agency data, this federal fleet includes more than 400,000 trucks, many of which are for use from the U.S. Postal Service.
Daimler, General Motors, and others are developing, and in some cases selling, battery-powered electric light duty trucks.