Amazon will receive 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian in order to become a carbon-neutral company.
Amazon is a big company. Jeff Bezos is the richest man on Earth. Climate change is a big problem. In order for humanity to have any hope at all of overcoming climate change, ultra-wealthy people are going to need to step up and spend some green.
Thankfully, that appears to be exactly what Mr. Bezos is doing. At a press conference in Washington DC on Thursday, Bezos said that Amazon is going to be a carbon-neutral company by 2040, and Rivian is going to help.
Rivian will begin manufacture of 100,000 electric delivery vans for Amazon starting this year, with the first prototype to be seen next year. Deliveries will then begin starting in 2021.
″[We] will have prototypes on the road next year, but 100,000 deployed by 2024,” Bezos said, according to CNBC. “So a lot of these things, we don’t have magic crystal balls to look into the future, but those are a pretty good timeline.”
During that same press conference, Bezos made a wide range of promises for Amazon ahead of next week's Climate Week conference in New York. He said that Amazon will get its energy from 100% renewable sources by 2030, up from 40% today. Bezos will try to convince other CEOs to sign a "Climate Pledge" while also taking a "careful look" at campaign contributions to see if they're going to politicians that will help the environment.
Bezos also pledged $100 million to restore forests and wetlands.
A Rivian spokeswoman said that the new vans will be assembled at their Illinois facility with deliveries starting by 2021. By 2022, the company expects to have 10,000 electric delivery vans built and on the road.
Earlier this year, Amazon announced a $700 million investment in Rivian in order to help the company fund development of its electric vehicle platform. This will allow Rivian to develop 6 new vehicles by 2025, including a possible electric rally car.