Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric vans from US start-up Rivian the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles.
Amazon previously announced invested $440 million into the producer of emissions-free electric vehicle. Rivian has its headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan and a manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois.
To further its support, Amazon has announced the order of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian, with vans starting to deliver packages to customers in 2021.
Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030—saving 4 million metric tons of carbon per year by 2030.
This announcement comes off the back of Amazon and Global Optimism announcing The Climate Pledge, a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. Amazon has become the first signatory of this pledge. The Climate Pledge calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Accord’s goal of 2050.