Rivian electric vans, new details on vehicles destined for Amazon

Rivian electric vans, new details on vehicles destined for Amazon

Rivian electric vans

For those who are not aware of it, it is good to remember that the US manufacturer Rivian is working - as well as on the electric models R1T and R1S - also on the development of battery vans that will be used for deliveries by Amazon. In fact, the Seattle-based e-commerce company is expecting to receive 100,000 electric vans from Rivian. The first 10,000 units will be in Amazon's possession by the end of next year. Apparently, now, through a document - which has been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - it has been possible to bring to light some more details that will characterize the electric vehicles that will be used by the e-commerce giant for deliver your goods to customers.

So, it would appear that the battery-powered van will be available in three different versions, namely 500 LHD Van, 500 RHD Van and 700 Van. According to what emerged, the numbers will indicate the load capacity, which is why we will have a van of 500 cubic feet (14.15 cubic meters) and 700 cubic feet (19.82 cubic meters). On the other hand, as regards the abbreviations, the LHD fugone will have the drive on the left, while the RHD one will have the drive on the right. Therefore, it seems easy to understand that Rivian brand vehicles will also circulate in the UK and in countries where right-hand drive is provided. However, although it is not mentioned in the document filed with the NHTSA, a further version of the electric van may also be available, which will have an even higher load capacity that could reach 900 cubic feet (25.48 cubic meters).

Furthermore, it seems to be confirmed that the vehicle will have three different types of powertrain, namely single engine, double front engine and two all-wheel drive electric powertrains. Among the details, it also emerged that - the electric vehicles of the US manufacturer - will have two different trim levels: "S" and "Z". The latter will be the model that will be delivered to Amazon, while the "S" set-up will be dedicated to other customers. Therefore, the e-commerce giant will not be the only company to be able to take advantage of the Rivian battery vehicles. Most likely, by the end of 2021, the first 3oo electric vans of the brand will be delivered to Amazon, which will be produced - along with all the other models - in the Illinois plant.

Rivian’s Amazon Delivery Van Will Come In A Number Of Different Guises

It’s been known for quite some time now that Rivian is building 100,000 electric delivery vans for Amazon, but it has only just been revealed that the vans will be produced in a number of different guises.

A VIN document filed by Rivian with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and picked up by the Rivian Owners Forum reveal that there will eventually be three differently sized delivery vans produced by the automaker. The first two will be dubbed the 500 Van and 700 Van, with the number being used as a reference for the cubic-foot capacity.

A larger 900 Van is also in the works and, interestingly, the 500 Van will be produced in both left- and right-hand drive configurations.

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The VIN document also reveals that the vans will be produced in S (Service) and Z (Amazon) trim levels, perhaps suggesting that S models will be made available to fleet customers other than Amazon.

Underpinning Rivian’s van is the same basic skateboard architecture as the R1T and R1S, but unlike the truck and SUV, it will not be available in quad-motor guise. Instead, Rivian will offer the van in single-motor front-wheel drive, dual-motor front wheel drive, and dual-motor all-wheel drive configurations.

Rivian has not yet provided details about the battery capacities of the different variants but Autoblog reports that the 500 Van and 700 Van will travel around 150 miles on a charge. The larger 900 Van will have a slightly smaller battery and a range of around 120 miles and will be used in areas with high-population densities.

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