Spied: Rivian's Electric Van Hits The Streets Of California

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Amazon will deploy 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vans by 2030.

As well as launching the electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV next year, Rivian is also building a fleet of electric delivery vans for Amazon. As part of a $700 million deal, Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric vans, which will be deployed for delivery duties across the US by 2030.

Testing for Rivian's new electric delivery van is already underway, as a prototype has been spotted roaming the streets near Rivian's production site in Irvine, California. Shown in photos shared by the Rivian Owners Forum, the front and rear are covered up, but the design details match the design concept showcased by Amazon in October, with a front end that looks similar to the Honda E incorporating round headlights, and a clean profile.

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We suspect the van's payload is at full capacity to test how the components cope in delivery driving scenarios. The delivery van was also caught testing alongside three R1T prototypes ahead of customer deliveries starting in summer 2021. When it enters production, Rivian's electric van will be available in three sizes to suit different environments.

This appears to be a larger version designed for wider open areas since we can see it's heading for the freeway to presumably test the EV's highway range and performance for longer-distance deliveries. Each van will have different powertrain and battery configurations, but the specifications haven't been revealed yet.

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For reference, the Rivian R1S is expected to offer a range of up to 410 miles, but the larger, less aerodynamic delivery van will likely have a lower range. We don't get to see the interior, but concept photos released by Amazon show the delivery van will have a futuristic cabin with two large screens, a 360-degree camera, and, naturally, Amazon Alexa integration providing real-time navigation and weather updates. Amazon aims to have 10,000 Rivian delivery vans in service by 2022, so we should start to see more prototypes hitting the streets very soon.

This won't be the only electric commercial van that will transport deliveries on US streets within the next few years: the Ford E-Transit will be deployed in late 2021 and Mercedes is also planning to bring the eSprinter to the US in 2023.

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Source Credits: Rivian Owners Forum

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