Amazon unveils design for electric delivery vehicle

Amazon has formally announced the design of its first custom-made electric delivery vehicle.

The delivery van, built in partnership with e-vehicle manufacturer Rivian, is one of three models that Amazon has commissioned as part of its Climate Pledge commitment to become carbon zero by 2024.

Amazon has ordered 10,000 custom delivery vehicles, which are expected to be on the road as early as 2022, with a further 90,000 due to be rolled out by 2030.

The vehicles, which have been designed to address the challenges faced by Amazon delivery operatives, feature sensor detection, a suite of highway and traffic assisted technology, as well as exterior cameras that are linked to a digital display inside the cabin, giving the driver a 360-degree view outside the vehicle.

Amazon’s Alexa assistant is also integrated into the vehicle for hands-free access to route information and latest weather updates.

The van also has a fitted ‘dancefloor’ feature inside the driver’s cabin for easy movement inside the van, and three levels of shelving.

Ross Rachey, director of Amazon's global fleet and products, said: "When we set out to create our first customised electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle.

"We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery."

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