Rivian and Amazon are finding more ways to collaborate with an Alexa-enabled R1T pickup truck, as demonstrated at an event on Amazon today.
In February, Rivian undertook a $ 700 million funding round led by Amazon, and over time, they discussed working together.
Last week, we learned about the first major opportunity that turned into a multi-billion dollar contract for Rivian to build 100,000 vans to supply electricity to Amazon.
This will be a major long-term project, but Rivian's focus remains on passenger vehicles, the R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV.
At Amazon's demo event today, the company had a prototype of the Rivian R1
Can do things like open the front trunk of a Rivian R1T (funk):
– Ed Ludlow (@EdLudlow) September 25, 2019
They also announced Alexa's other vehicles, including GM integration in millions of cars, but we are more interested in integrating into electric vehicles.
We've already seen Alexa integrate with other electric vehicles, including Tesla vehicles, but this was through a third party
Amazon is increasingly getting involved in electric vehicles by selling and installing electric charging stations vehicles.
Through their Amazon Home Services, they have built a network of licensed electricians that you can schedule to install a charging station directly through Amazon.
Some automakers, such as Audi and Kia, even go exclusively through Amazon for their home solutions for charging their electric vehicles in the US.
their relations are converging, we would not be surprised to see that Rivian has been added to the list of R1Ts and RS1s that will start production next year.
The Rivian R1T will start at $ 69,000 before the US stimulus, and it can be equipped with a battery configuration of up to 180 kWh for a 400-mile, single-charge range.
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