E-commerce giant Amazon is now testing its custom-made Rivian electric vans in San Francisco. It’s now the second city where Amazon is using its Rivian vans, behind Los Angeles.
Amazon chose San Francisco as its No. 2 city because it wanted to put its e-vans to the test on the city’s steep hills and in its variable climate.
On February 3, Electrek reported that Amazon had officially started using the first Rivian electric vans to make customer deliveries in Los Angeles. The vans must be performing well in LA, because now, a month and a half later, Amazon’s Rivian electric vans will be delivering packages in San Francisco, too.
Amazon plans to launch its Rivian delivery vans in 16 cities in 2021. Its electric vans, built on Rivian’s skateboard platform, can last up to 150 miles on a single charge, so it will be interesting to see how they perform on the city’s steep hills. …