Amazon today announced the launch of new Rivian customized electric delivery vehicles in Europe. More than 300 of these vehicles will go into service in the Munich, Berlin and Düsseldorf areas over the next few weeks. They will join a fleet of thousands of electric vehicles already on the road in Europe – including more than 1,000 in Germany. Last year, Amazon announced it would invest more than a billion euros to electrify its European transportation network and reduce CO2 emissions. Germany accounts for more than 400 million euros of that total.
“Together, Amazon and Rivian have developed and produced a state-of-the-art electric vehicle from scratch. It’s unlike anything currently on the road,” said Neil Emery, Director Global Fleet & Product at Amazon. “The safety and comfort of our partners’ drivers is our top priority. With the vehicle we’re unveiling today in Germany, we’re setting new standards with both aspects in mind.”
Amazon began rolling out Rivian eVans in the U.S. last summer. More than 3,000 vehicles are in use so far, delivering to more than 500 American cities and regions. Amazon has set a goal of putting 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vehicles on the road worldwide by 2030 – saving millions of tons of CO2 annually.
The new Rivian delivery vehicles focus on safety, sustainability and comfort and have been tested by drivers in Germany. The vehicles are the result of Amazon and Rivian’s partnership announced in 2019 – the year Amazon co-founded and became the first company to sign the Climate Pledge. The Climate Pledge is Amazon’s commitment to make all operations carbon neutral by 2040. As part of that pledge, Amazon is building a more sustainable transportation network. Working with Rivian is an important contribution to decarbonizing the last mile and driving innovation that can in turn help others become carbon neutral as well. www.aboutamazon.de