Rivian R1T and R1S delays do not affect Amazon Electric Van deployment

Rivian recently announced that he would not be able to meet the launch schedule for the R1T electric truck and the R1S electric SUV.

Previously, the EV startup said both vehicles would launch in July 2021, but Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe recently sent a letter to customers announcing that the R1T will arrive in September, followed by the R1S later in the fall. .

While this isn’t edifying news for reservation holders and EV enthusiasts in general, Rivian was quick to allay concerns about the rollout of the custom-designed delivery vans ordered by Amazon.

Spokesmen for both companies confirmed CNBC Rivian still plans to begin volume production of the last-mile delivery vans this year, with the startup also maintaining the goal of putting 10,000 vehicles on the road by 2022.

These delivery vans are part of a massive 100,000-unit order that Amazon placed in September 2019 as part of the e-commerce giant’s “The Climate Pledge” to comply with the Paris Agreement ten years earlier. Rivian is expected to deliver the entire order by 2030.

Amazon has already started testing pickup trucks built by Rivian in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oklahoma and Denver, and hopes its electric pickups will travel to neighborhoods in 12 more U.S. cities by the end of this year.

The electric delivery van is built on Rivian’s customizable skateboard platform and can travel up to 150 miles (241 kilometers) on a single charge. It will be available in three sizes capable of carrying 500, 700 or 900 cubic feet of packages. All have the same interior height, but the smaller one is narrower than the two larger ones.

Amazon’s vans will share the basic electrical and network architecture, ECUs and batteries with the Rivian R1S and R1T. For example, the basic single-motor electric axle drive units come from the entry-level electric truck / SUV. However, the three skateboards used for the van are different enough from the R1 models to be assembled on a separate line.

The main difference is that the vans feature steel bodies on a steel ladder skateboard, while the R1S and R1T have a more sophisticated aluminum skateboard architecture and mostly aluminum bodies.

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