Amazon reveals new, Rivian-built electric delivery van

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The e-commerce giant says it expects 10 thousand vans to be on the road, delivering "as early as 2022", with a total fleet of 100,000 vehicles by 2030.

Thursday's reveal of the first of three electric delivery vehicles being developed under the partnership emphasises the improvements in driver experience and safety that have been the project's focus.

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The next time you order something from Amazon, this unique looking van might be delivering the packages to your doorsteps.

"When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle". Unsurprisingly, there's also Alexa integration for hands-free navigation help and weather updates.

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The custom electric vehicle has state-of-the-art sensor detection, a suite of highway and traffic assist technology, and a large windshield to enhance driver visibility. Despite being a delivery van, it has two large digital display which acts as infotainment and instrument cluster. Amazon says the most interesting part will be the part called "dance floor" in the driver's cabin for easy movement inside the minibus.

Rachey said Amazon is also working on technology such as charging infrastructure to support the adoption of the electric vans.

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Technical details of the vans, including range and performance figures, have not been disclosed, although they are intended for "last-mile" deliveries in urban areas. He added that he hopes Amazon's van will "create a sense of urgency in the industry" to look at adopting sustainable transport solutions. Given Rivian's involvement in the development, we wouldn't be surprised if Amazon's electric delivery vehicle actually rides on the automaker's "skateboard" platform.

With Amazon's vans taking to the streets next year and around 100,000 deployed by 2030, don't be surprised if these cute electric delivery trucks end up becoming a common sight around neighborhoods in the US.

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The company first announced in February that it ordered the custom delivery vehicles from electric vehicle maker Rivian.

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