About a year ago Amazon bet big into start-up Rivian, an electric vehicle producer that made its debut with a electric truck that can go 300+ miles on a charge and 0-60 in 3 seconds. Amazon invested $700 Million to own part of Rivian and for Rivian to produce electric vans for them. Well, Amazon couldn't wait long enough and went out and bought a competitors electric vans.
Rivian signed a deal with Amazon for 100,000 electric vans. Well turns out Amazon isn't just going to wait around for Rivian to deliver those vehicles. They have gone out and purchased 1,800 Mercedes-Benz electric vans, a significant step toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2040, the online retailer said Friday.
Most of the new EVs will be deployed in Europe by the end of 2020, according to Amazon. Two-thirds, or 1,200 of the vehicles will be Mercedes-Benz’s eSprinter, while 600 will be the midsize eVitos.
The electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian operates in an old Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Ill. And they plan to start delivering their first pickup trucks to customers called the R1T yet this year, and a SUV next year called the R1S. While the company will still provide Amazon their fleet of 100,000 vans Amazon simply didn't want to wait, it appears.
While most of the traditional vehicle manufacturers have plans to add electric delivery vehicles to their offerings, companies like Ford appear to be behind the innovation curve as they try to get their electric Transit to market in 2022.
For more information on Rivian and their R1T and R1S offerings you can find it on the Rivian website.