Amazon launches electric van deliveries in Bay Area

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Amazon launches electric van deliveries in Bay Area

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By George Avalos
Mercury News

RICHMOND, Calif. — Amazon, hoping to widen the use of green technologies
in its operations, is launching deliveries in the Bay Area using
electric vans, the company said Thursday.
“As we continue to grow and invest in California, we want to do so
responsibly,” said Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s global fleet and
products. The company sees the move as a way to reduce its carbon
Amazon teamed up with Michigan-based Rivian, a U.S. automaker, to
design, build, and deploy the fleet of electric vehicles. The vehicles
are the first custom-tailored vans that Amazon is using.
The company unveiled its electric vans in October 2020. Then in
February, the company initiated a delivery service using the
custom-tailored electric vans in the Los Angeles area.
The van is a first-of-its-kind all-electric delivery vehicle that can
drive up to 150 miles on a single charge.
Amazon has also started to prepare its buildings to accommodate the new
fleet of vehicles.
Seattle-based Amazon intends to operate 10,000 of these customized vans
as early as next year.
In 2020, Amazon delivered more than 20 million packages to customers in
electric delivery vehicles across North America and Europe.
Richmond is the first Bay Area city from which the customized electric
vans will deliver packages in the region. Amazon intends to deploy the
electric vans from more Bay Area cities in addition to Richmond,
although a time frame wasn’t immediately known.



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