This week, Amazon announced that the company will begin testing its current fleet of cartoon-themed electric vehicles in San Francisco, adding to the growing numbers of clean energy vans and public transportation vehicles on our streets.
The age of fossil-free energy is just around the corner. (And if anything, the United States and other developed countries around the world are taking massive, prematurely planned steps to ban and replace all ICE vehicles over the next decade or two.) Increasing the number of quiet cars passing through San Francisco will be Amazon’s new electric delivery vehicle, designed and manufactured by Michigan-based automaker Rivian.
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“As we continue to grow and invest in California, we want to do it responsibly, so we’re excited to see customers in the Bay Area drive these vehicles through their neighborhoods,” said Ross Rachey, director of Amazon Global Fleet and Products. said in a statement via press release.
That news also comes after a recent $ 200 million investment in a new delivery station in SF – a sign of Amazon’s urge to significantly increase deliveries in the city.
“From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programs available, and we’re incredibly proud of it,” added Rachey. The e-commerce giant plans to order 100,000 Rivian vans, the sizes of which will vary. Some models can carry more than 900 cubic feet of packages and travel 150 miles for a fee. He will start operating full-time fleets as soon as 2022.
Amazon’s EV presence comes at a time when autonomous vehicle manufacturers like Waymo and Cruise are expanding their vehicle fleets (all either fully electric or EV hybrids) to test in San Francisco.
At this speed, who knows: robot dogs could soon be dropping off parcels on our doorstep.
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Image: Rivians R1T, an all-electric pickup truck, will be on display at the Amazon booth on January 7, 2020 during CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10th and features around 4,500 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker / Getty Images)