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Online retail giant Amazon plans to buy 100,000 zero-emission vans from electric automotive company Rivian.

It is the largest order of all-electric delivery vehicles ever and follows on from when Amazon led an investment round of $700m (£526m) in Rivian. The retailer stating it plans to go carbon neutral by 2040.

Furthermore, Amazon wants to convert its delivery fleet to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. It already runs 40 per cent of its fleet on renewable energy.

Michigan-based Rivian says that the order put in by Amazon won’t affect the rollout of its other upcoming EVs, including a pick-up truck and SUV that were revealed earlier this year.

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said: “[We] will have prototypes on the road next year, but 100,000 deployed by 2024.”

Amy Mast, a spokesperson for Rivian, said: “For Amazon, the first vehicles will be making deliveries by 2021, with 10,000 on the road by late 2022.”

Amazon joins Ford in being among investors in the EV car company, whose R1T pickup and R1S SUV are set to be delivered at the end of 2020.

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September 20, 2019

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