As many know Amazon ordered 100,000 electric transporters from US start-up Rivian. Since the order happened new Details about the van emerged.
The van, designed especially for the online retail giant, will be build in three sizes.
This is according to documents that Rivian has submitted to the US authority NHTSA. It is known that Amazon had ordered 100,000 vehicles from Rivian in 2019, and then the startup unveiled the electric delivery truck in October 2020. T
The vehicle uses Rivian’s skateboard platform, on which the fledgling carmaker’s R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV are also based.
However, the large order for Amazon has priority: the two own models will only be launched after the Amazon delivery truck.
According to the documents for the NHTSA, Rivian is initially planning two variants of the electric transporter called 500 and 700.
The first Rivian Vans are already driving on the streets in LA. Watch the official Amazon Rivian Van Launch video below:
What is known, as mentioned at the outset, is that the van is based on the same skateboard architecture as Rivian’s debut current R1T and R1S, which are designed for private customers.
The former is a pickup, the latter an SUV. Autoblog reports that the delivery van for Amazon, however, will come off the assembly line on a separate production line at the Normal plant in the US state of Illinois and, unlike the R1T and R1S, will have a steel vehicle frame rather than an aluminium one.
Among the van’s features, the portal lists air-conditioned seats, heated armrests, handles and steps to facilitate entry and exit, a gullwing door on the driver’s side and a range of assistance systems.
The first 300 examples of the 500 variants are expected to be delivered in the US this year, according to Autoblog. By the end of 2022, Rivian expects to have 10,000 vans in the 500 and 700 sizes ready for Amazon, before the total order of all 100,000 vans in all three trim levels is completed by 2025.
A year ago it was still said that the electric vehicle fleet would not be complete until 2030. As Amazon wrote in a blog entry at the time, 10,000 of the electric vans should already be on the road by 2022.
Subsequently, slightly more than 10,000 vehicles per year were to be delivered to reach the targeted 100,000 in 2030. It is not known from which source Autoblog has learned about the tightened schedule.