In April, Ford and Rivian announced a tie-up that saw Ford invest $500 million into Rivian. The investment landed Ford access to the Rivian skateboard platform for a vehicle that isn’t necessarily a truck. Amazon has announced something huge for Rivian. Amazon has announced a new climate initiative that it calls The Climate Pledge. That pledge vows to meet the Paris Accord’s goal of zero net carbon across businesses by 2040.
The 2040 goal is a decade faster than the Paris Accord’s goal of 2050. To help meet the goal, Amazon has announced that it is ordering 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vehicles. Amazon notes that this is the largest order of electric delivery vehicles ever made. Amazon wants the Rivian electric delivery vehicles to be delivering packages to customers in 2021.
Amazon’s goal is to have 10,000 of the new Rivian electric delivery vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and to have all 100,000 of the Rivian electric delivery vehicles on the road by 2030. That means Amazon wants Rivian to deliver the full 100,000 vehicles in the next 11 years.
That is a very tall order for a company that has yet to produce a single production electric vehicle. Amazon is a significant investor in Rivian, having sunk $440 million into Rivian in the past. By moving its current Prime delivery fleet to Rivian electric delivery vehicles, Amazon will save 4 million metric tons of carbon for being put into the atmosphere per year by 2030.
Amazon’s plan has several other major components other than the massive order of EVs. The e-commerce giant wants 80 percent renewable energy by 2024 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. The company is investing $100 million into reforestation. Amazon is also launching a new website that will report on all its green initiatives and give information on its carbon footprint.