EV startup Rivian received a $700 million investment from Amazon, or to be more specific, an order for 100,000 electric delivery trucks. This new vehicle is slated to hit the streets in 2021 after the R1T and the R1S arrive in 2020. Amazon has committed to The Climate Pledge, which means all that sign have to make all possible efforts to go carbon neutral by 2040. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Dave Clark, Amazon’s SVP (Senior Vice President) of Worldwide Operations & Customer Service, says the 100,000 electric delivery truck order is the largest ever of this type, and the company wants at least 10,000 of them on the streets by 2022. Rivian has until 2030 to deliver the remaining 90,000 units.
“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference. If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can. I’ve been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.