Daily Camera (Boulder)

Ama­zon un­veils pro­to­type of Ri­vian-built elec­tric van

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Your Ama­zon pack­age may be ar­riv­ing in a cus­tom-built Ri­vian elec­tric de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle by next year.

Ama­zon un­veiled a pro­to­type Thurs­day of one of three elec­tric ve­hi­cles be­ing de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with startup EV truck man­u­fac­turer Ri­vian.

The on­line re­tail gi­ant ex­pects to have 10,000 of the Ri­vian elec­tric de­liv­ery vans on the road world­wide by 2022, ramp­ing up to the full 100,000 or­der by 2030.

Ri­vian CEO and founder RJ Scaringe said in a news re­lease the ve­hi­cle “is not just elec­tric” but pri­or­i­tizes safety and func­tion­al­ity for pack­age de­liv­ery.

Fea­tures of the boxy, high­tech elec­tric de­liv­ery van in­clude a large wind­shield, ex­te­rior cam­eras of­fer­ing a 360-de­gree view, hands-free nav­i­ga­tion guid­ance, three lev­els of shelv­ing and what Ri­vian calls a “dance­floor” in­side the cabin for easy pack­age re­trieval. It has brake lights wrap­ping around the rear of the ve­hi­cle to warn of fre­quent stops.

The pro­to­type sports an Ama­zon name­plate on the front grill.

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