In an effort to step up against climate change, Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Michigan-based automaker and automotive technology company, Rivian. This is the largest order to date for any electric delivery vehicles. It reflects the commerce titan’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2040, meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement 10 years early.
Founded in 2009, Rivian develops vehicles, products, and services related to sustainable transportation. It is primarily known for its electric pick-up trucks that, according to many, rivals Tesla. The company has attracted the interest of some notable investors, having received $350 million from Cox Automotive, $500 million from Ford, and $700 million from Amazon earlier this year.
While recently speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the company’s “climate pledge”. It promises the company will report greenhouse gas emissions regularly and implement strategies to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
The pledge also invites other companies to sign on to the commitment. According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon expects 80% of its energy use to come from renewable sources by 2024, which is up from 40% now. It is also working toward its facilities being 100% powered using renewable energy by 2030.
Rivian is just one avenue amongst a series of efforts Amazon is taking to reduce its environmental impact as they’re also developing solar and wind energy projects. Given their size and global influence, both socially and industrially, such ambitious efforts sets a massive precedent for other companies to reflect on their roles within the fight against climate change and positively take action.
Amazon said the vehicles will start delivering packages in 2021. They aim to have 10,000 of the electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 by 2030. Furthermore, they’ve also pledged $100 million to world-wide forest and wetland restoration and protection in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.