Amazon's Electric Delivery Vans Hit the Streets of Boro Park
By Yehudit Garmaise
The first boxy, electric Amazon delivery van, which is painted a relaxing blue, was spotted today at 47th Street and 12th Avenue.
The shiny van that is delivering brown cardboard packages to Boro Parkers is only the first of the new electric vehicles that are hitting the roads in more than 100 cities by the end of 2022, aboutamazon.com reported.
By 2030, the retail giant plans to send out 100,000 of its new, blue electric vehicles to hit the roads.
In 2019, Amazon forged a partnership with Rivian, which is a car company that aims to “preserve the natural world for generations to come,” to provide Amazon drivers with delivery vehicles that are environmentally responsible, comfortable, and safe.
To provide protection and assistance to the Amazon delivery drivers who deliver thousands of packages each day, the blue Amazon vehicles also feature first-of-its-kind technology that provides routing and traffic information, collision warnings, 360-degree visibility, automatic emergency braking, and many other safety features that protect drivers and pedestrians.
“Today represents an important step, not just for Amazon and Rivian as partners, but also for transportation and the environment,” said the CEO of Rivian in June. “In 2019, Rivian and Amazon committed to fast-tracking a new type of delivery vehicle that would result in a significant reduction of carbon emissions. Thanks to our teams’ dedication, hard work and collaboration, and a shared commitment to make the world a better place for our kids’ kids, that vision is now being realized. To say this is an exciting moment is an understatement—we’re thrilled to see this partnership has kickstarted decarbonization projects across the logistics delivery industry.”