Before former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made it to space, he needed to make it to the launch pad.
Bezos and his brother Mark, in addition to 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Dutch passenger Oliver Daeme, piled right into a Rivian R1S SUV on Tuesday morning forward of their flight to house. Later, they’d experience a New Shepard rocket from Bezos’ non-public spaceflight firm, Blue Origin.
Rivian’s first electric truck and SUV aren’t out there but, however Amazon is an enormous investor within the American EV startup. Like main a $700 million spherical of funding huge. Rivian is even making electric Amazon delivery vans.
You can spot the Rivian that took the crew to the rocket launch website in Van Horn, Texas, round 48 minutes into the video beneath.
The electrical SUV is a uncommon sight thanks partly to the pandemic. The Rivian R1T truck was presupposed to arrive by the tip of this month, adopted by the R1S SUV. Now the electrical truck is not anticipated till September, and the SUV that Bezos rode in is not anticipated till later within the fall. The truck begins at $73,000, whereas the SUV is barely extra at $75,500. Both could have greater than 300 miles of vary.
Amazon’s electrical delivery trucks are still on schedule, in response to CNBC.