Amazon has rolled out its Rivian electric vans in Los Angeles as it begins to make customer deliveries in the custom EVs.
As previously reported by CiTTi, Amazon revealed details of its bespoke delivery vans in October last year.
The vans were expected enter service in 2020, however US electric transport news outlet Electrek has reported that a number of van prototypes have now been spotted in Los Angeles.
Amazon also confirmed in a statement that it had begun testing the EVs: “Amazon customer deliveries will look a little different in parts of Los Angeles.
“Just one year after announcing the purchase of 100,000 custom electric delivery vehicles as part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon has begun testing the new vans on delivery routes.”
The online retailer added that the Rivian EVs will be deployed in up to 15 cities this year as it aims to increase the number of EVs in its fleet to 10,000 by 2022.
Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s global fleet and products, said: “We’re loving the enthusiasm from customers so far – from the photos we see online to the car fans who stop our drivers for a first-hand look at the vehicle.
“From what we’ve seen, this is one of the fastest modern commercial electrification programmes, and we’re incredibly proud of that.”