Fledging electric firm gets major boost with huge order from internet giant
James Attwood, digital editor
19 September 2019

Internet shopping giant Amazon has given a further boost to EV start-up Rivian by placing an order with the company for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles.

The fledging manufacturer is aiming to produce a range of go-anywhere 4x4 EVs built on its own bespoke platform, showcasing the R1 SUV and R1T pick-up at last year’s Los Angeles motor show.

Rivian has attracted high profile investments from firms including Ford, with which it is working on future vehicle development, and Amazon.

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The internet retailer invested $440 million (£350 million) to lead a $700 million (£544 million) investment round in Rivian earlier this year, and has now furthered those links with the massive order, which it says is the largest ever made in an electric delivery vehicle.

Amazon says that the first Rivan-built vans will go into service in 2021, with the plan to have 10,000 on the road by 2022 and all 100,000 in operation by 2030.

The order was announced by Amazon as it unveiled the Climate Pledge, calling on signatories to reach net zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the targets set by the Paris Accord. Amazon said that the investment and vehicle order in Rivian would “accelerate the production of electric vehicles critical to reducing emissions from transportation".

While no details of the technical specifications of the van, preview images released by Amazon showed it badged with the firm’s Prime delivery service, and ‘powered by Rivian’ on the side sill. That suggests they could be made on Rivian’s bespoke EV platform to a body design specified by Amazon.

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The retailer has long been looking for ways to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of its delivery operation, particularly in terms of ‘last mile’ deliveries to customers in cities. Switching to electric vans would both cut fuel costs and ensure Amazon vehicles were not affected by low emissions zones increasingly being established in cities.

There is no indication where the vans will be deployed, although they are likely to focus on major cities in the USA.

The order is a huge boost to Rivian as it gears up to start production at a plant in Illinois, in a facility previously used by Mitsubishi. The plant has a capacity to produce 350,000 units per year, with Rivian’s initial goal to sell 50,000-60,000 of its premium electric off-roaders per year by 2025.

With an increasing focus on car pollution in cities, and the costs of fuelling large van fleets, an increasing number of car firms are developing electric vans. Nissan has the e-NV200, Vauxhall is developing an electric Vivaro, and Mercedes-Benz is working on a new version of its e-Vito. Volkswagen is also planning a cargo version of its ID Buzz concept.

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19 September 2019

Major investor orders 100,000 vans from itself.  Would have been a news item if they brought IVECO vans

19 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

Major investor orders 100,000 vans from itself.  Would have been a news item if they brought IVECO vans

 

NEWS contains the word "new" for a reason. If folks have not heard of the situation before then it is indeed news. It doesn't just have to fulfil your needs. In any case, it makes complete financial sense for the company that helps develop this vehicle to then gain financial advantages from the lease/purchase of said vehicles, while demonstrating with such a large order, their confidence in the product, running costs, resudual value, etc, etc. Do your research before you post nonsense...then post it anyway.

20 September 2019

Amazon workers have been protesting about how damaging Amazon is for the environment (no intended irony in the company name) so this is Bezos' response. However, given the timeframe of 2030 he could have said absolutely anything - I'm slightly surprised he didn't go for a round 1,000,000.

Anyway, cynicism aside - it's good that the EV revolution continues. 

19 September 2019

And Honda called asking for the frontend design back

19 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

And Honda called asking for the frontend design back

 

Notwithstanding that I am responding to your post...why did you bother with that uninformative sentence and what does it do to illuminate the debate?.

20 September 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

And Honda called asking for the frontend design back

Notwithstanding that I am responding to your post...why did you bother with that uninformative sentence and what does it do to illuminate the debate?.

One reason is because it annoys you.  Now go away and crawl back to your 'hateful' place.

21 September 2019
xxxx wrote:

Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

And Honda called asking for the frontend design back

Notwithstanding that I am responding to your post...why did you bother with that uninformative sentence and what does it do to illuminate the debate?.

One reason is because it annoys you.  Now go away and crawl back to your 'hateful' place.

 

Incorrect and hardly for the fiftieth time...not annoyed, more enjoying putting right all of your ill judged, poorly thought out wimperings. Until you learn to behave as an adult, with the thinking processes of a reasonable person, you will be pulled up when necessary...read, all the time. Posting to annoy one person, makes you a VERY selfish and UNORIGINAL individual.

19 September 2019

The very novel physics behind the fallacious premise that the Carbon atom is "bad" for the planet is ludicrous beyond the pale. Without Carbon, life would not exist as we know it today. Humans are flawed and susceptible to Political heresy; not the Physics of Matter

19 September 2019
Real_sluggo wrote:

The very novel physics behind the fallacious premise that the Carbon atom is "bad" for the planet is ludicrous beyond the pale. Without Carbon, life would not exist as we know it today. Humans are flawed and susceptible to Political heresy; not the Physics of Matter

 

Not only that, but we live in times of one of the lowest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since the appearance of life on the planet!

https://wryheat.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/carbon-dioxide-is-necessary-for-life-on-earth/

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19 September 2019
NoPasaran wrote:

Real_sluggo wrote:

The very novel physics behind the fallacious premise that the Carbon atom is "bad" for the planet is ludicrous beyond the pale. ...

... we live in times of one of the lowest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere since the appearance of life on the planet!

https://wryheat.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/carbon-dioxide-is-necessary-for-life-on-earth/

Good to see the crackpot climate change deniers here. Good luck surviving in a primitive Earth atmosphere!

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