Amazon has just launched their latest power supply van planned and constructed by the lauded electricity provider Rivian in another blow to Big Diesel.
There are three layers of shelving in the cargo area: a camera system to allow a view of the 360 degrees outside of the van on two cabin screens and Alexa support, of course. Amazon noted that such cars will be on the road from 2021 onwards.
This forms part of Amazon’s plans to carry in 10,000 electric cars worldwide by 2022 and 100,000 by 2030. Some e-cargo cycles in New York and electric rickshaws in India are included. The bigger target is to reach net zero emissions of carbon by 2040.
This is excellent news for the worldwide replacement of diesel freight trucks. Of course, we can see more of this first and with a variety of approaches in developing countries. Yesterday, Hyundai supplied commercial customers in Switzerland with the first hydrogen fuel-cell truck.
Toyota has recently announced its plans for a similar vehicle which is due to become operational on prototyping next year.
This is the first of three models for Amazon after an acquisition of $700 million in Rivian in February last year and 100,000 ordered vans. It’s a fun, attractive style with sweet specifics and thoughtful touches that delivery drivers are able to laugh at this promo video