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Digital Commerce reports that Amazon has launched its fleet of Rivian all-electric delivery trucks "in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis and some other markets. It will expand into 100 cities by year-end and then continue growing as it expands its EV fleet. It also has lined up a smaller order with Ram, the truck division of Euro-American automaker Stellantis."

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy called the launch “a significant milestone,” adding, “Fighting the effects of climate change requires constant innovation and action, and Amazon is partnering with companies who share our passion for inventing new ways to minimize our impact on the environment.”

Axios writes that in the new vans, "onboard software links up with Amazon's logistics systems.

"Accelerometers throughout the vehicle monitor for bangs and bumps, signaling that it might be time for preventative maintenance before something important breaks.

Driver-assist features like collision warnings and automatic braking are meant to improve safety.

"The cabin is ergonomically designed, and a powered cargo area door can automatically open at delivery destinations - features that could help reduce driver fatigue and, by extension, turnover."

Digital Commerce goes on:

"Amazon is by no means the only company looking to migrate its delivery fleet away from internal combustion to electric drivetrain technology. A study released by market research firm BlueWeave Consulting last January forecast the global market for EV trucks had already reached $21.4 billion last year and would have a compound annual growth rate of 14.6% through the end of 2028, by then reaching $42.3 billion.

Meanwhile, a number of startups and legacy automakers are now battling for that business.

"UPS and FedEx are also going electric. In fact, FedEx has already taken delivery of several vans from GM subsidiary BrightDrop. And the U.S. Post Office this past week buckled to criticism of an earlier truck replacement program that stayed with IC-powered trucks. It now plans to have 40% of its massive fleet go electric.

"Both Ford and General Motors have launched new EV truck subsidiaries and claim to have booked substantial orders. Mercedes, meanwhile, has inked a deal to provide its own battery vans to Amazon in Europe."