Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric vans from Rivian, a startup that’s building electric adventure vehicles

Rivian electric pickup truck

Recently Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company is serious with its environmental initiative that aims at reducing pollution. The company ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from a U.S. startup called Rivian. The vans will be delivered to Amazon during ten years. 10,000 electric vans are planned to be on the road in 2022 and the last ones rolling along asphalt by 2030.

Amazon has invested in Rivian already earlier, as well as companies like Ford. What really makes Rivian interesting for travelers and adventurers is the fact that the startup is developing an electric SUV (R1S) and electric pickup truck (R1T) that are “meant to be covered in mud” as a Rivian manager put it.

Rivian electric SUV

The company says deliveries of the electric SUV and truck models will begin in the second half of 2020. It is, however, likely that the startup must focus its resources on vans that Amazon has ordered, so we are not holding our breath. Amazon’s electric delivery van is planned to look like an ordinary delivery van – as can be seen in a photo where Jeff Bezos introduced it.

What do we expect to get when the first Rivian SUVs and trucks roll off the production line?

  • Range up to 400 miles / 640 km – a pretty long day trip.
  • Battery choices 105, 135, and 180 kWh.
  • Four engines, one for each wheel.
  • Level 3 autonomy.
  • 750 hp which means the car can tow a sizeable caravan.
  • Length 200 inches / 500 cm – an ordinary van is about this long.
  • Prices start from $72500.

You can find more technical details at the Rivian’s web page.

Rivian e-car dashboard
The dashboard is expected to have outdoor and satellite maps.

Many types of tents and gear packs are available for most truck brands so that the platform can be turned into a sleeping space. Rivian is already testing some designs as this Instagram video indicates.

Rivian electric adventure car with a tent on the platform

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