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November 8, 2023

Revolutionary Shift: Rivian and Amazon End Exclusive Partnership

Amazon and Rivian's exclusivity pact has been untangled, and it wrapped up sooner than expected

The Amazon-Rivian exclusivity agreement has come to an earlier close than anticipated, and it's good news for other companies looking to invest in Rivian's electric vans. This development, which coincided with Rivian's Q3 earnings report, led to a boost in both companies' stock prices. Amazon's hefty investment in Rivian came with the stipulation of exclusivity for its electric delivery vans, but Rivian's latest announcement reveals that this restriction is being lifted, and other potential buyers can now join the electric van party.

Amazon had previously declared that it would deploy 10,000 Rivian-built electric vans, meeting an agreed-upon sales threshold. However, Amazon's ambitious target for 2030 dwarfs this figure, aiming to have ten times as many electric vans on the road. Rivian, while opening its doors to other buyers, will still fulfill its commitment to delivering 100,000 electric vans to Amazon.

Amazon's fleet is substantial, including thousands of semi-trucks, vans, and over a hundred planes. With this change, the hope is that more electric delivery vehicles will hit the road, benefiting both communities and the environment. Udit Madan, Amazon's transportation chief, highlighted the importance of expanding the use of Rivian's technology. It's a win-win scenario as Amazon holds a significant 17% stake in Rivian.

This shift in exclusivity promises a broader adoption of electric delivery vans, aligning with the growing emphasis on sustainability and green transportation solutions.

Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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