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Rivian EDV supply van

Just a little over a 12 months 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 an enormous sucker, although, boasting almost 200 loading docks and serving as residence to perhaps 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 encircling lot that was outfitted with what gave the impression to be electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations—a whole lot of them. Intrigued, I executed a authorized U-turn, and did just a little trespassing.

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Amazon Hub, Rolling Meadows, Illinois

However earlier than we get into the small print 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 12 months.

The Rivian EDV, because the van is reportedly dubbed, can be accessible 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 strategy 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 models of 4 chargers, the stations have been easy sufficient, and I counted 26 of them. So, this facility is ready to cost as much as 96 electrical supply autos at one time. Most attention-grabbing, to me not less than, is that these are Degree 2 charging stations, not Degree 3 DC quick chargers.

This makes a whole lot of sense, really. Whereas a DC quick charger would convey a delivery-van battery to an almost full state of cost in lower than an hour, there is no such thing as 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 homeowners will set up of their residence garages, will absolutely 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 value $50,000 to put in, Degree 2 stations like these seen right here can value as little as $500 per line—although the price of operating energy traces underneath the pavement doubtless provides significantly to that worth.

My investigation was lower brief by a man in an orange vest strolling shortly in 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

Curiously, Amazon just lately made public its plans to buy the primary Ram ProMaster EV vans after they develop into accessible within the U.S. for the 2023 mannequin 12 months. So, now it’s a race. Which van will I see charging first at my neighborhood Amazon Hub: Rivian or Ram ProMaster? I’ll maintain you posted.

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September 2022