This week, Amazon announced that the company will begin testing its current fleet of cartoonish electric vehicles in San Francisco, adding to the growing number of clean energy delivery cars and public transportation vehicles that ply our streets.
The era of fossil fuel-free energy is upon us. (And if anything: the United States and other developed countries of the world are making massive progress and ahead of schedule to ban and replace all ICE vehicles over the next ten or two years.) Francisco will be the new one. Amazon’s electric delivery vehicle, designed and produced by Michigan-based automaker Rivian.
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“As we continue to grow and invest in California, we want to do it responsibly, which is why we are thrilled that Bay Area customers are seeing these vehicles driving through their neighborhoods,” said Ross. Rachey, Amazon’s global fleet and product manager, said in a statement, via press release.
This news, too, comes after a recent investment of $ 200 million in a new delivery station in SF – signaling Amazon’s desire to dramatically increase deliveries to the city.
“From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest-growing modern commercial electrification programs, and we’re extremely proud of it,” adds Rachey. While the exact number of vehicles that will drive through the city remains unknown, the e-commerce giant plans to order 100,000 Rivian vans – which will vary in size, with some models able to carry over 900 cubic feet of packages and travel 150 miles on a charge. – and start operating full-time fleets from the start. in 2022.
Amazon EV’s presence comes at a time when autonomous vehicle companies like Waymo and Cruise are expanding their fleet of vehicles (all fully electric or EV hybrids) for testing in San Francisco.
At this rate, who knows: robotic dogs could soon drop packages at our apartment door.
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Image: Rivian’s R1T, an all-electric pickup, is on display at the Amazon booth during CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and features approximately 4,500 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker / Getty Images)