Rivian to start selling Amazon electric vans to non-Amazon customers in 2023

Rivian, who is going public this week, quietly announced their fleet sales plan on their website. The company will start taking orders for its electric delivery vans in 2022.

The first deliveries of those vans will come in early 2023.

In addition, the company is also selling fleet versions of its R1T pickup and R1S SUV. This means that Rivian will directly compete with Ford’s commercial version of the F-150 Lightning.

Rivian is also selling a fleet management platform called FleetOS and a charging infrastructure solution meant for commercial clients.

The companies Director of Communication tweeted out a link to the new part of the site on Friday afternoon.

Although this move does seem wise, it does call into question the status of Amazon’s exclusive rights to the electric van. As per Rivian’s Security and Exchange Filing, Amazon has exclusive rights to the delivery van for four years.

In addition, they have the right of first refusal for two years over any other company that wants to buy the van.

The addition of the fleet vehicle information on the site may show that the exclusivity of the Amazon deal is not as restrictive as many thought. However, we should see more details on the fleet program after Rivian goes public this week.

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