The retail giant placed its first order last year with the Plymouth, Michigan-based electric vehicle startup for up to 100,000 delivery vans by 2030. Amazon said it expects 10,000 Rivian-designed vans to be operating by as early as 2022.
The partnership is a major step in Amazon’s goal to eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
Amazon released a video and blog post Thursday of one of the three models Rivian is producing for the retailer. Each van will be equipped with exterior cameras that provide a 360-degree view, Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled software and three levels of shelves.
As with most new vehicles, these vans will have sensors to detect surrounding traffic, cyclists and pedestrians. There will also be a large windshield for enhanced visibility and a reinforced driver’s side door for protection…
In its press release, Amazon touts what it calls a “dance floor” in the cargo area between the shelves to make it easier for drivers to retrieve goods.