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Amazon Announces Order of 100,000 Trucks from Rivian

Nestled in a press release about its new Climate Pledge, Amazon quietly announced a commitment to order 100,000 delivery vehicles from Rivian:

... Amazon today announced the order of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian, the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles, with vans starting to deliver packages to customers in 2021. Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030 – saving 4 million metric tons of carbon per year by 2030.

The automotive press has been all over this today.

This announcement is a public show of support by Amazon of Rivian, but following on the heels of a $700 million investment, what else would you expect? Rivian is undoubtedly on a roll lately, and I don’t mean to be cynical about that – but with the first deliveries still over a year out, and the full commitment spread over ten years, this announcement is more show than substance.

Notes

  1. Jalopnik has a good writeup with more detail, for those curious.
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by Tyler Carbone