Amazon to buy 100,000 electric vans from Rivian
Amazon Ceo Jeff Bezos' sweeping new plan to tackle climate change, announced at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, includes a deal to purchase 100,000 electric delivery vans from vehicle manufacturer Rivian.
Bezos reportedly said Amazon had committed to meet the goals of the UN's Paris Agreement 10 years ahead of schedule, plus measure and report the company's emissions on a regular basis, implement decarbonisation strategies and alter its business strategies to offset remaining emissions.
He added his goal is for 80% of Amazon's energy use to be renewable by 2024, before transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
The first electric delivery vans will be on the road by 2021 and the estimates are that 100,000 vehicles would be deployed by 2024.
The move builds on Rivian's US$700m investment round in February, which was led by Amazon.