It's cute, it's easy to use, and it will help curb carbon emissions: it's the new Amazon electric delivery van.
On Thursday, Amazon officially unveiled its electric-powered delivery van, which is due to hit the roads by 2022 and comes in three models.
The initial phase will see 10,000 custom-built Amazon electric delivery vans out on the roads by 2022, followed by a total of 100,000 by 2030.
"We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery," said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon's Global Fleet and Products.
Yesterday, those models were brought to life. And what a sight for sore eyes they are!
The list of features released by Amazon is impressive, and it seems like they've thought of everything a driver and the environment would need:
- State-of-the-art sensor detection, a suite of highway and traffic assist technology, and a large windshield to enhance driver visibility.
- Exterior cameras around the vehicle that are linked to a digital display inside the cabin, giving the driver a 360-degree view outside the vehicle.
- Alexa integration for hands-free access to route information and the latest weather updates.
- A strengthened door on the driver’s side for additional protection.
- A “dancefloor” inside the driver’s cabin for easy movement inside the van.
- Bright tail lights surrounding the rear of the vehicle to easily detect braking.
- Three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door, which can easily be opened and closed for additional driver protection while on the road.
What has been special about Rivian and Amazon's partnership is that it's truly brought out the best both could offer. Rivian's expertise can keenly be noticed in the new van's exterior and what lies beneath the hood, while Amazon had a strong say in how the interior was created.
Take a look at what Amazon's delivery fleet will look like when it hits the roads in 2022: