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Amazon purchases 100,000 EVs from start-up

Built-for-purpose electric delivery vans set to hit the road as soon as 2021 will comprise part of Amazon's bold new plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.

The company has purchased 100,000 electric delivery vans from start-up Rivian as part of CEO Jeff Bezos' recently announced 'climate pledge' as it looks to increase Amazon renewables sources to 80 per cent by as soon as 2024, doubling its current reliance.

In total Amazon invested a total of more than a $AUD1 billion.

“If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon which delivers more than 10 billion items a year — can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can,” Bezos said in a statement.

The new van will be exclusive to Amazon as part of its alliance with Rivian right down to custom built body, design, application software and suspension.

Manufactured in Rivian's Illinois factory, the vans will reportedly share a number of elements with the company's other truck and SUV lines.

These will include the battery, powertrain and electrical network.

It is not yet understood whether the production of the vehicles will be emission free.

Last week Rivian announced a $350 million equity investment from Cox Automotive.

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