Amazon has ordered 100.000 new electric delivery vans from American startup Rivian, a Michigan-based company that has recently received 1,8 billion dollars in funding with major stakes from Ford and Cox Automotives, including $700 million from Amazon itself. The deployment of the new fleet will be completed in 2024, with the first prototypes coming in 2020 and the first operative vehicle hitting the road in 2021. Jeff Bezos introduced the Amazon-Rivian deal during a special event where the Seattle-based company revealed it bold plan to tackle climate change. “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris agreement 10 years early, then any company can”, said Bezos. The Rivian-Amazon vans will be customized to match the brand identity of the company and the startup will take care of service and maintenance. Albeit operating in stealth mode since 2009, Rivian has revealed its two first commercial vehicle, the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV, only at the end of November 2018.
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