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Amazon has announced its first custom electrical delivery vehicle built in partnership with American automaker Rivian. Developing an in-house electrical delivery vehicle is a part of Amazon’s plans to make all shipments net-zero carbon by 2040.
The giant windshield of the van ensures that the driver has proper visibility on the highway and adjacent vehicles. Speaking of visibility, the electric van additionally equips 360-degree exterior cameras whose video output might be seen on the central display inside the cabin.
Safety features of the van include a strengthened door on the driver’s side, vivid tail lights on the rear in order that other vehicles can easily identify when the van applies the brakes, and three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door.
“We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last-mile delivery. We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home,” said Ross Rachey, Director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products in an official blog post.
This customized electrical vehicle is one of Amazon’s latest initiatives to increase the rate of electric vehicle adoption in its delivery fleet. The firm lately also introduced its plans so as to add 1,800 electrical vehicles in Europe and 10,000 e-rickshaws in India.