Rivian EDV supply van

A little bit over a yr in the past, my neighbors and I lamented the development of an Amazon supply facility no more than three blocks from our properties. To our aid, the now-operational warehouse and supply heart has not diminished our high quality of life in any significant method. It’s a giant sucker, although, boasting almost 200 loading docks and serving as residence to possibly 200 supply vans. About these vans…

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I just lately drove previous that Amazon “Hub,” and took discover for the primary time of a big, almost empty part of the encompassing lot that was outfitted with what gave the impression to be electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations—loads of them. Intrigued, I executed a authorized U-turn, and did just a little trespassing.

Amazon Hub, Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Amazon Hub, Rolling Meadows, Illinois

However earlier than we get into the main points of my snooping round, just a little again story: Amazon has been speaking about transferring to an electrical supply fleet for some time now. As half of a bigger plan for the corporate to realize full carbon neutrality by 2040, Amazon contracted with EV startup Rivian again in 2019 for 100,000 electrical supply vans, to be delivered over a interval of a number of years. The primary of these vans are reportedly being delivered later this yr.

The Rivian EDV, because the van is reportedly dubbed, will probably be out there in 500-, 700-, and 900-cubic-foot configurations, and have an estimated vary of 120-150 miles. If that vary appears just a little restricted, contemplate that the common UPS truck isn’t pushed greater than 100 miles in a day, and most are pushed solely 50-60 miles.

Amazon, by the way in which, has a 20-percent possession stake in Rivian. Till just lately, Ford Motor Firm additionally held a stake in Rivian, however is within the means of divesting itself of the startup’s inventory.

Again to the snooping. Passing the “no entry” indicators, I entered a backlot (which, by 9:00 AM, was already absent of a lot of the vans parked there in a single day) and got here to what was certainly an unlimited charging space.

Grouped in items of 4 chargers, the stations had been easy sufficient, and I counted 26 of them. So, this facility is ready to cost as much as 96 electrical supply automobiles at one time. Most attention-grabbing, to me no less than, is that these are Degree 2 charging stations, not Degree 3 DC quick chargers.

This makes loads of sense, truly. Whereas a DC quick charger would carry a delivery-van battery to a virtually full state of cost in lower than an hour, there isn’t a such urgency for vans that gained’t be pushed greater than 100 miles every day and are parked in a single day. Degree 2 charging, which is what most EV house owners will set up of their residence garages, will totally cost the 80-or-so kWh battery within the Rivian vans in lower than 12 hours.

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And whereas a single Degree 3 charging station can price $50,000 to put in, Degree 2 stations like these seen right here can price as little as $500 per line—although the price of operating energy traces below the pavement possible provides significantly to that value.

My investigation was reduce brief by a man in an orange vest strolling rapidly in the direction of my automotive, however I had seen sufficient. Electrical “last-mile” supply vans would quickly be charging right here.

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Amazon Hub Level 2 charging stations

Amazon Hub Degree 2 charging station

Apparently, Amazon just lately made public its plans to buy the primary Ram ProMaster EV vans after they turn into out there within the U.S. for the 2023 mannequin yr. So, now it’s a race. Which van will I see charging first at my neighborhood Amazon Hub: Rivian or Ram ProMaster? I’ll hold you posted.

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