Rivian Announces Q2 Production; Delivers First Amazon Vans in Europe

Rivian unveiled its production and delivery figures for the second quarter of 2023 on Monday. The company produced a total of 13,992 vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois, and accomplished deliveries of 12,640 vehicles in the same timeframe.

The current figures align with Rivian’s expectations, reinforcing the company’s confidence in meeting its annual production guidance of 50,000 vehicles. The positive news sent shares of Rivian popping 17% yesterday.

In addition to its Q2 production and delivery numbers, Rivian disclosed that it will release its financial results for the second quarter of 2023 after the market closes on August 8th.

Amazon Rivian Vans Debut in Germany

Amazon announced yesterday the deployment of its new Rivian-built custom electric delivery vans across Europe, marking a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to green logistics. The first wave of more than 300 vans has hit the roads in Munich, Berlin, and Dusseldorf, bolstering an already robust fleet of thousands of electric vans, which includes over 1,000 already in operation in Germany.

These deployments are part of Amazon’s broader investment strategy, with plans to commit more than €1 billion towards electrifying its European transportation network and reducing carbon emissions in the coming years, including more than €400M dedicated to Germany.

Neil Emery, Director of Global Fleet & Product at Amazon, spoke on the cooperative efforts that went into creating the vans, “Together, Amazon and Rivian designed and built a state-of-the-art electric vehicle from the ground up, and unlike anything else on the road today. The safety and comfort of our drivers were top of mind for us throughout this process.”

Adding to Emery’s sentiments, Dagan Mishoulam, Vice President of Strategy & Go To Market at Rivian, expressed enthusiasm for the vehicle’s European debut and the future of Rivian in the region.

The new Rivian vehicles align with Amazon’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon by 2040, a goal that, according to Rocco Bräuniger, Country Manager for Amazon.de, will be greatly facilitated by the new vans. “Last year we delivered more than 45 million packages in Germany with electric vans and e-cargo bikes, and these new additions from Rivian will help us deliver packages more sustainably and to more customers.”

The Rivian electric delivery vans are a product of the 2019 partnership between Amazon and Rivian and exemplify the companies’ shared commitment to The Climate Pledge. The pledge, co-founded by Amazon, aims for net-zero carbon across its operations by 2040, with the partnership with Rivian serving as a significant step in decarbonizing Amazon’s last-mile logistics.

Equipped with cutting-edge safety features and embedded technology that integrates delivery workflow with the vehicle, the vans have been tailored to meet the unique demands of European cities. Rivian’s vehicle also boasts state-of-the-art safety designs, innovative driver experience features, and durable, light, and cost-effective batteries.

Amazon’s commitment to sustainable logistics also extends to infrastructure, with the company having installed thousands of charging stations across its European facilities. Last year, the company used zero-emission vehicles, including electric vans and e-cargo bikes, to deliver over 120 million packages in Europe. The new vans from Rivian are poised to augment Amazon’s zero-emission delivery capabilities substantially.