Amazon Rivian electric delivery van begins testing in San Francisco

Amazon has announced it has expanded the testing of its new Rivian electric delivery vans to San Francisco.

San Francisco was selected because of the unique challenges posed by the city’s hilly terrain. With the vans having a range of 150 miles (241km), the region’s climate was also listed as one of the factors.

The Bay Area joins Los Angeles as the only two cities the company has started delivering packages in the electric vans. In an announcement last month Amazon said it hopes to expand the testing to 14 additional cities before the end of the year.

Deliveries will begin in the suburb of Richmond and will expand to more Bay Area locations soon.

Related: Rivian’s Amazon delivery van spotted dropping off packages in Los Angeles

As part of its Climate Pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, Amazon plans to convert their entire delivery fleet to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

To help get them there, the company announced in September 2019 plans to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian by 2024.

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