|Rivian's Amazon Delivery Van Finally Hits the Road in New Video|
Rivian has a lot on its plate right now, partnering with Ford on a Lincoln-badged electric SUV and preparing its own R1S SUV and R1T pickup truck to enter production late this year. In its free time, seemingly, the upstart electric carmaker has plans to build 100,000 delivery vans for Amazon. From what we can tell in a newly released video, the first Rivian-built van has finally been delivered, and there is a ton of neat features you might not expect to find find on a delivery vehicle.
© Motor Trend Staff Amazon Rivian Delivery VanThere are a host a new safety features included with the van, too. A 360-degree view camera, various driver assistance aids, and a strengthened driver's side door all make the van a more safe place for delivery drivers while giving them a better idea of what's around the van. There are also bright tail lights that surround the rear of the truck, making it easier for other motorists to see. There is also what Amazon is calling a "dancefloor" in the cabin, making it easier for the driver to move around inside.
© Motor Trend StaffAn older video gave us insight into how Amazon's project was coming along, and it was interesting to get a sneak peak at the van that will likely become a mainstay on American roads. It reveals several tantalizing nuggets about the adorably wide-eyed Amazon van, which is shaping up to resemble the Baby Yoda of delivery vehicles. One older design sketch hints at a removable bumper, which is made in three separate sections that are easy to replace. Another depicts cargo bins fitted with magnets to help keep them upright.