A driver who tested the Rivian electric truck for Amazon told The Information that if the heating or cooling of the truck is turned on, the battery of the electric vehicle will consume 40% faster than normal.
As part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles
According to The Information on Friday, citing a test vehicle driver, the range of electric trucks provided by Rivian Automotive Inc for e-commerce retailer Amazon.com Inc may be more limited than previously disclosed. The driver told The Information that if the heating or cooling of the truck is turned on, the battery consumption rate is 40% faster than normal. Amazon disclosed a 20% stake in Rivian at the end of October and ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles in 2019 as part of the e-commerce giant’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
Rivian once revealed that depending on the size of the truck, the range of the truck ranges from 120 to 150 miles. But the report says that this range is much lower, depending on the weather. According to the report, Amazon’s global fleet and product director Ross Reich said that air conditioning and heating may drain the battery power of the tested vehicles, and these trucks do not have the insulation that the final vehicle manufactured by Rivian will have.
The report quoted Reich as saying that the prototype truck used has as many as 12 cameras inside and outside the truck, but Amazon plans to add four more after the vehicle is on the road. Amazon and Rivian did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
Since its launch at the beginning of this month, Rivian has grown into one of the most valuable automakers, even though it has just started producing and delivering electric cars. After the news came out, its stock price gave up its gains and finally rose by about 4%.
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