Spotted: Amazon Testing Electric Delivery Van

May 27, 2021

3 Responses to “Spotted: Amazon Testing Electric Delivery Van”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    He spent a lot of time commenting on the [absence of the] self-drive feature, but my first thought was of the big jump from ICE. These vans spend a lot of time in idling in traffic, idling at intersections and definitely idling at the curb.

    Even with self-drive, you still need a human to schlep the packages up and down walks, so they’re not saving much on human labor. Besides which, delivery vans naturally (and generally acceptably) short-term park in a lot of “naughty” places (along colored curbs, across my driveway, close to corners and by fire hydrants), much of which requires human judgment.

  2. John Kane Says:

    It is good to see this but I am not that excited. Shenzhen, reportedly, has 16,000 electric buses and 22,000 electric taxis on the road. We in the West are playing catch-up from a long way back.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      A loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way back.

      China has about 500,000 EV buses now, still going up by 10,000 every 6 weeks. The US has fewer than a thousand, going up by maybe 200 a year.

      When do we catch up?


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