Amazon has unveiled its first all-electric delivery vans and it will come with state-of-the-art technology. The vans are built by EV startup, Rivian. They feature sensing equipment and an advanced driver-assist system.
The e-commerce giant says it’s expecting to have 10,000 vans on the road making deliveries as early as 2022. It also expects a total fleet of 100,000 vehicles by 2030.
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“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 wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home. We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here — the future of last-mile delivery,” Amazon’s director of global fleet and products, Ross Rachey said in a statement.
The vans will have exterior cameras that will be linked to a digital display inside the cabin. This will give the driver a 360-degree view of the environment surrounding the vehicle. The delivery vans will also come integrated with Amazon Alexa’s voice assistant for hands-free navigation help and weather updates.
The door on the vans driver-side will have additional protection, while the rear of the vehicle will have three levels of shelving and a bulkhead door for quick access. Amazon also says there will be a ‘dancefloor’ inside the driver’s cabin for easy movement inside the van.
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