Last mile delivery is a critical issue for all distributors and resellers, and primarily for Amazon. The e-commerce giant has unveiled its first tech-packed electric van.
This first delivery truck was developed by the start-up Rivian, which specializes in electric cars. By 2022, Amazon intends to run 10,000 of these vans, with the ambition of creating a fleet of 100,000 vehicles by 2030.
Few details, but ambition
Amazon combined Rivian’s technology with its logistics expertise. “The bottom line is what you see here: the future of last mile delivery,” said Ross Rachey, the company’s global fleet and product manager. Unfortunately, the group did not reveal any technical characteristics on the autonomy of the van, its battery, speed …
On the other hand, we know that the truck is equipped with several cameras to help with driving: the video streams are broadcast on the screen in the cab, to give the driver a 360-degree view of the road. Alexa is obviously integrated to know the weather conditions and hands-free navigation.
In terms of automotive equipment, the truck has a reinforced door to protect the driver, who will also benefit from a “dance floor” system that will facilitate his movements. At the back, everything is done to fit as many packages as possible with thoughtful storage.
“We hope that our electric vehicle will help create a sense of urgency in the industry, which must think bigger in the adoption of sustainable technologies and solutions,” says Ross Rachey. And this in all sectors: parcel delivery, logistics, “an ice cream maker or any other person who uses a vehicle”. The presentation of this truck follows Amazon’s announcement in September 2019 of its desire to be carbon neutral in 2040.