amazon orders 100,000 electric trucks in bid to fight climate change
 

amazon orders 100,000 electric trucks in bid to fight climate change

amazon has ordered 100,000 electric trucks from american startup rivian. the order supports the retailer’s pledge to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2040.

 

as the pictures show, rivian is customizing the exterior of the van for amazon. the interior design, suspension and software will also be custom-designed to make the fleet of vans fit for purpose. there is no information regarding the charging infrastructure at present but rivian does say it will provide service and maintenance for the vehicles.

amazon orders 100,000 electric trucks in bid to fight climate change

images courtesy of amazon

 

 

rivian is a michigan-based automaker known largely for its electric pick-up trucks that many have touted as a potential rival to tesla. it has raised $1.7 billion including major stakes from ford and cox automotive, and a $700 million investment from amazon. it unveiled its electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV last november.

 

‘we’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,’ said jeff bezos, amazon founder and CEO. ‘if a company with as much physical infrastructure as amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the paris agreement 10 years early, then any company can.’

 

 

in a bid to fight climate change, bezois has launched the climate pledge, calling on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040. other companies are also invited to sign on to the commitment.

 

‘I’ve been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge,’ he adds. ‘large companies signing the climate pledge will send an important signal to the market that it’s time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments.’

 

amazon aims to have 10,000 vehicles on the road by 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030. it also announced an investment of $100 million in reforestation projects around the world to begin removing carbon from the atmosphere.

  • You’re right Jeff! Way to go. By putting your money behind your mouth. You are setting a winning example. I’m going to go on record as hailing your willingness to say yes to the world being able to take care of Mother Gaia. We really do have to live here after all.

    Michael M. Smith says:
  • Whoa!! Tesla missing out on a huge order!

    beachcomber says:
  • how about a 100.000 lithium-ion-quarter-of-ton batteries, which will stay in the Mother Gaia’s belly for the next 100.000 years?

    nemo says:
  • Just remember warehouse workers deserve protection as well. How much do robots spend on consumer goods each year?

    Earl Simmins says:
  • isn’t electric cars just as bad as regular ones?

    Gribblesnap says:

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