Since launching earlier this year Amazon’s fleet of Rivian electric delivery vans (EDV) has grown to over 1,000. Amazon says this holiday season the EDVs will be helping to deliver packages in over 100 cities across the United States.
In a blog post on the company’s website, Amazon says their fleet of 1,000 EDVs have already delivered over 5 million packages to customers, and with the busy holiday season approaching both the number of EDVs and as a result deliveries, are set to grow even further.
Amazon didn’t say by exactly how much, only saying their fleet will grow to “thousands of vehicles on the road by the end of the year,” so it looks like they won’t be able to meet their target of having 10,000 by the end of 2022.
The company also still has a ways to go until they reach their goal of having 100,000 EDVs in their fleet.
Amazon placed the massive order with Rivian back in 2019, with an initial target of having all of them on the road by 2024. They aren’t going to be able to meet that date either, and have pushed it back to 2030, 10 years before the company aims to reach net-zero emissions.
“This expansion comes as Amazon and Rivian continue their progress toward having thousands of vehicles on the road by the end of the year and 100,000 vehicles by 2030,” Amazon said.
As part of their announcement Amazon also shared that the EDVs have so far received positive feedback from drivers.
“We started making deliveries with the electric vehicles from Rivian in August, and my team has had nothing but good things to say about the vans. The safety features, like the automatic emergency braking and 360-degree cameras, are game changers, and the drivers also love the overall comfort of the vehicle,” said Julieta Dennis, an Amazon Delivery Service Partner and owner of Kangaroo Logistics.
Along with the electrification plans in North America, Amazon also recently announced plans to spend more than €1 billion over the next five years to electrify and decarbonize its transportation network across Europe.