The news: Walmart is teaming up with California EV startup Canoo to use 4,500 Lifestyle Delivery Vehicles (LDVs) for delivery, ostensibly to cut emissions, per Electrek.
Fast-tracking EV-powered deliveries: Walmart is already road-testing the EV delivery vans in Dallas, Texas.
Why this could succeed: Ecommerce and delivery services are two industries that flourished during the pandemic and continue to be successful.
Retail giants are leaning into EV deliveries to accelerate zero emissions at a time when customers prefer home deliveries, which could help accelerate EV adoption.
Trendspotting: We’re seeing increased collaboration between big retail, logistics, and EV startups. UPS has partnered with Arrival, Amazon is using Rivian-made EV vans, and FedEx is using GM-supplied EV vans from its BrightDrop business unit.
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