Thousands of Rivian electric transporters will be deployed in more than 100 cities this year, according to the company. The electric vehicles have been designed specifically to meet the needs of Amazon's delivery business since 2019, when Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian. All electric vans ordered must be delivered by 2030.
The car uses the Rivian skateboard platform, which is also the basis for the R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV. There are two variants of the van (EDV500 and EDV700), which account for the eponymous 500 and 700 cubic feet of cargo volume - the equivalent of 14.1 and 19.8 cubic meters, respectively. A third variant with a cargo volume of 900 cubic feet (equivalent to 25.5 cubic meters) will come later.
The vehicles are manufactured at Rivian's plant in Normal, Illinois, on a dedicated production line - Rivian's own vehicles are assembled on a second line. Rivian's first delivery vans have been in test use at Amazon since last year. The company now says these prototype vehicles have traveled more than 90,000 miles (about 145,000 kilometers) delivering more than 430,000 packages.
According to Amazon, the tests made it possible to test the performance, safety and durability of the car in different climates and regions. With the feedback, Rivian was able to continue developing "state of the art features" to ensure "driver satisfaction and overall functionality".
The two companies have yet to reveal more details about test runs already completed, Amazon-specific features of the vans, or plans for future rollouts, instead offering more general statements.