Rivian gets order from Amazon for 100,000 electric delivery vans

The specialized delivery vehicles should start hitting the road by 2021

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Electric vehicle startup Rivian has just taken an order from e-commerce retailer Amazon for 100,000 battery-powered delivery vans, with delivery of the first such vehicles to start 2021, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said September 19.

By 2022, Rivian hopes to have shipped the first 10,000 of the vans to Amazon, , will the full fleet of 100,000 operational by 2024.

While the vehicles will be based on the Michigan-based automaker’s R1 platform and employ the same powertrain and battery, the suspension, application software and interior and exterior, all designed to Amazon’s specs, will be unique to that company’s fleet.

Rivian plans to optimize manufacturing by rolling out the vans on a separate assembly line in its Normal, Illinois plant so that it won’t have to push back the late 2020 launch of its upcoming R1S and R1T SUV and truck.

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