Rivian to market its electric commercial vans to customers beyond Amazon

Back in 2019, EV startup Rivian scored a great coup—an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Amazon. The fat order from the delivery giant gave Rivian what every young company dreams of: a solid source of income that gave it the resources to pursue its true passion (which, for Rivian, means pickups and SUVs for the outdoorsy set).

The deal with Amazon runs through 2030, and Rivian continues to ramp up production. So far, it has delivered about 10,000 Amazon Electric Delivery Vans (EDVs).

Now Rivian says it will make its electric van available to other buyers.

It appears that this won’t be exactly the same EDV that Amazon and Rivian worked closely together to develop. Rivian has given it a new name—the Rivian Commercial Van—but beyond that, has only said that it will be “built on the same platform as the Amazon Electric Delivery Van.” (Electrek’s Jameson Dow speculated that the name change implies that the vehicle could be adapted for other applications than delivery.)

“Amazon is, and will remain, a key partner for us, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Amazon team,” said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe. The automaker says that “companies across the globe have expressed strong interest,” but offered no details.

“The Rivian Commercial Van is equipped to be one of the safest and most technologically advanced vehicles on the road today,” sez Rivian. “The standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, sophisticated driver assistance features, three airbags and a 360-degree camera system, which the driver can view on the 15.6-inch center display screen to understand their surroundings. The van’s design also focuses on efficiency and ergonomics for the driver, and includes a sliding curb-side door, a rear roll-up door, an automated bulk-head door, heated and cooled driver’s seat and heated steering wheel. The smaller of the two van sizes, perfect for urban settings, starts with a 9,350 lb Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), a 2,734 lb payload and a 157.5 inch wheelbase.

“Rivian’s in-house software stack controls nearly every interaction, from unlocking the vehicle and automatically opening the bulkhead door, to charging and acceleration controls. This enables Rivian to provide easy access to critical fleet information, including real-time data and remote commands, driver and vehicle insights, alerts and analytics. These tools streamline fleet ownership and minimize costs, while increasing safety and productivity.

“To maximize our environmental impact, we will initially prioritize larger fleet requests and begin small-scale deployments in 2024, prior to scaling deliveries in 2025. We invite companies with fleets of any size to visit our Fleet page to learn more.”

Sources: Rivian, Electrek

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