Amazon’s fleet of electric delivery vans made by Rivian is growing. Since their first rollout earlier this year, the retail giant’s new zero-emission vehicles have made more than 5 million deliveries in the United States, with the size of its fleet exceeding 1,000 VEDs (electric delivery vans). .
That’s still only a fraction of the company’s overall transportation fleet, which includes 30,000 Amazon-branded delivery vehicles and 20,000 branded trailers. But the electric part is growing, with Rivian expecting to eventually deliver 100,000 vans to the company.
This is still only a fraction of the company’s overall transport fleet
Beginning in July, EDVs were deployed for the first time in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, San Diego and Seattle. Since then, they’ve gone live in a bunch of new cities, including Austin, Boston, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Madison, Newark, New York, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Portland, Provo, and Salt Lake City. .
Vans have made their way into Amazon’s service, as Rivian’s manufacturing pace slowly picks up. The electric vehicle company said it made 7,363 R1T pickups, R1S SUVs and VEDs in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, though it didn’t say how many of each. Rivian also said it delivered 6,584 vehicles during the same period. (The company is expected to report third quarter results later this week.)
Of course, supply chain issues and inflation, along with other hurdles, have conspired to thwart Amazon and Rivian’s goals of an electrified delivery fleet. When then-CEO Jeff Bezos announced a deal with the EV startup in 2019 to buy 100,000 vans, he said they should be on the road by 2024. Now Amazon plans to reach 100,000 vans on the road by 2030.
“We’re always excited about the holiday season, but making deliveries to customers across the country for the first time with our new zero-emission vehicles makes this year unique,” said Udit Madan, vice president of Amazon Transportation. . “We have already delivered more than 5 million packages with our Rivian-produced vehicles, and it is still just the beginning. This number will increase exponentially as we continue to progress towards our goal of 100,000 vehicles. “