Amazon has revealed the first custom electric delivery truck made in its partnership with Rivian, detailing the zero-emission vehicle that, eventually, the retail behemoth hopes will number 100,000 in operation. Although we’ve seen development prototypes, mockups, and renders of the van before now, this is the first time Amazon and Rivian have shown the complete and functioning EV.
At first glance, though, you might not realize how different it is. There’ll be three sizes of vehicle, eventually, scaled to suit different locations – from tight urban environments to more rural applications – and with different configurations of powertrain and battery size depending on where they’re be operated and what sort of terrain and weather they’ll have to handle.
It’s the detailing where things get interesting. The windshield is oversized and extends further down than in most delivery vans, for example, for better visibility, and there are 360-degree cameras for a full perspective around …