Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric trucks from startup Rivian, the e-commerce giant announced Thursday. The order is part of Amazon's larger pledge â€” also announced today â€” to reach zero net carbon emissions by 2040. Amazon aims to use 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% by 2030. "The first electric delivery vans will go on the road in 2021," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at an event in Washington DC. "The 100,000 will be completely deployed by 2024, let's say."
Rivian is an electric-vehicle startup that is initially focusing on trucks and SUVs. Amazon led a $700 million funding round for the company earlier this year.
That's a pretty big boost for Rivian (which Amazon invested in earlier in the year so makes sense) as well as to EVs in general. Ars Technica declared the R1T the best truck at this year's New York International Auto Show and named Rivian the star of the show.
Read more about Rivian at https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/09/amazon-orders-100000-electric-trucks-to-fight-climate-change/
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Amazon aims to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040.