Amazon Rivian vans: online retailer's 100,000-strong order on track

Huge order for Rivian electric delivery vans forms part of Amazon climate-change action plan

Rivian van

In 2019, Amazon placed a $5 billion order with startup company Rivian for 100,000 fully electric delivery vans, to hit the road from 2021. In June 2020, Rivian confirmed that despite a shutdown and subsequent reopening of its factory in Illinois, the coronavirus pandemic has not affected the new van's planned arrival date.

Amazon's order for 100,000 vans forms part of the company's climate-change plan, revealed by CEO Jeff Bezos at an event held in 2019 at the National Press Club in the US capital Washington D.C.

According to Bezos, Amazon is aiming to use 100% renewable energy by 2030, with a target of 80% by 2024, at which point he also expects all 100,000 Rivian vans to be deployed.

Rivian van

The company is also planning to assist its suppliers to help them decarbonise and hit the same goals. Back in February 2019, Amazon led a $700 million investment round in Rivian, which has also attracted investment from Ford.

Rivian has previously announced its R1S SUV and R1T pickup-truck models, and is also plotting a rally-car-style offering for its third vehicle. It's believed the electric van being developed for Amazon will sit on the same platform as those models.