Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from EV startup Rivian with Alexa Voice command, Which can control all the parts in the van
According to US Today reporter Nathan Bomey, Bezos said he expects 100,000 Rivian vehicles to be on the highway by 2024. With prototypes likely to arrive as quickly as 2020, the first trucks will hit the highway in 2021. Minutes after Bezos’ announcement, a car rendering was tweeted by Amazon senior vice president for activities Dave Clark.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the firm has placed an order from Michigan-based startup Rivian for 100,000 electric delivery trucks. The announcement came during an case in Washington, DC on Thursday where Bezos unveiled the sweeping plan of Amazon to address climate change.
In the electric car sector, Rivian is a fairly fresh name, having only launched its pickup truck and SUV at the end of November 2018. But since 2009, the business has operated in stealth. Originally established to create something that competed with Tesla’s first vehicle, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe’s Lotus-based Roadster ultimately pivoted the business towards a more action-adventure client segment.
Rivian has shown two cars so far: the R1 T pickup and the R1S SUV. Built on the same technological platform, Rivian argues that its vehicles — starting at around $70,000 — will be able to move up to approximately 400 miles per hour on a single charge, reach 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds, and ultimately be able to drive at some capacity.
Rivian Van with Alexa voice command
As shown at an Amazon event today, Rivian and Amazon are finding more ways to collaborate with the R1 T electric pickup with Alexa assistance.
Rivian took a $700 million financing round led by Amazon in February, and they discussed possibilities to work together at the moment.
We learned last week about the first significant chance that turned into a multi-billion Rivian agreement to construct 100,000 Amazon electric delivery trucks.
This will be a major long-term project, but Rivian remains focused on its passenger vehicles, the R1 T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV.
Now it seems that Amazon will also be engaged to some extent with those Rivian cars. The company has a Rivian R1 T prototype on display at Amazon’s product demo case today, showing it has Alexa voice command integration.
Watch Rivian open frunk of electric pickup truck through Alexa voice command:
They have also announced Alexa integration in many other vehicles, including GM integrating in millions of cars, but we are more interested in integration in electric vehicles.
We have already seen Alexa integration work on other electric vehicles, including Tesla vehicles, but it was through a third-party Juicebox charging station.
Amazon has been increasingly involved in electric vehicles through the sale and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
Through their Amazon Home Services, they built a network of licensed electricians with whom you can schedule an installation of a charging station directly through Amazon.
Some automakers, like Audi and Kia, are even going exclusively through Amazon for their home charging solutions for their electric vehicles in the US. As their relationship grows closer, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Rivian added to the list with the R1T and RS1 going into production next year.
The Rivian R1T will start at $69,000 before incentives in the US, and it can be equipped with a battery pack configuration of up to 180 kWh for 400 miles of range on a single charge.