Amazon Orders 100,000 Electric Delivery Vehicles

As part of its commitment to the newly formed Climate Pledge, Amazon has ordered 100,000 fully electric delivery vehicles from U.S.-based electric vehicle (EV) company Rivian.

Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new EVs on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 on the road by 2030 – saving 4 million metric tons of carbon per year by 2030, Amazon estimates.

Rivian has headquarters in Plymouth, Mich., and a manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill. Amazon previously announced a $400 million investment in the company, and earlier this year, Rivian secured a $500 million investment from Ford Motor Co.

Amazon is targeting 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 on its path to net-zero carbon by 2040. Amazon and Global Optimism are co-founding The Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories to be net-zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 – a decade ahead of the Paris Accord’s goal of 2050.