Rivian Amazon EDV 500 electric van – Everything we know [Update]

Update: ‘Production & Release Date’ section updated and ‘EDVs to get LFP battery’ section added.

While the Rivian EDV 700 has started reaching Amazon, its first customer, the smaller Rivian EDV 500 is yet to enter production. Here’s what we know about the upcoming Rivian van.

Design & Specifications

The Rivian EDV 500 features a friendly and contemporary design similar to the Rivian EDV 700, but it’s quite small. As Rivian says in its Q4 2021 shareholder letter, the EDV 500 is a narrower and shorter version of the EDV 700. It’s central to the brand’s expansion to geographies where smaller vans are in higher demand. It shares many components with the 700, as it sits on the same, RCV platform.

AspectEDV 500 SpecificationEDV 700 SpecificationEDV 900 Specification
Length248 in.277 in.321 in.
Wheelbase157 in.187 in.205 in.
Cargo Space500 cu. ft.660 cu. ft.840 cu. ft.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)9,350 lbs.9,350 lbs.14,000 lbs.
RangeUp to 150 milesUp to 150 milesUp to 120 miles
Rivian EDV 500, Rivian EDV 700 & Rivian EDV 900 specifications (Source: Rivian)

As seen in the table, the Rivian EDV 500 has a 29-inch shorter body and a 30-inch shorter wheelbase than the 700. It offers 160 cu. ft. lesser cargo space than the larger model. There’s no word on the battery pack capacity or power output yet. The maximum range of the Rivian EDV 500 is the same as that of the EDV 700 – 150 miles.

EDVs to get LFP battery

During the Q4 2021 earnings call in March 2022, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe stated that the EDV 700 would get a Standard Battery Pack with lithium-ion-phosphate battery chemistry by the end of 2022. LFP cells have more charge/discharge cycles and last longer than battery packs with nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cells that the EDV 700 currently uses. The EDV 500 is also expected to come with an NMC battery initially, and by the end of 2022, it might also get a base variant with the Standard Battery Pack with LFP cells. The same would carry on to passenger vehicles in 2023.

Production & Release Date

Manufacturing of the Rivian EDV 500 will take place at the company’s first U.S. plant in Normal, Illinois. Rivian has successfully built the pre-production units of the EDV 500 as well as a Euro-spec EDV 500 at this production facility. It will use the learnings from the EDV 700 production in the EDV 500 production as it begins production of delivery units later this year.

During the Q1 2022 earnings call, Scaringe said that the R1T pickup, R1S SUV and EDV 700 electric van are being manufactured and delivered to customers while the EDV 500 is undergoing final production trials.

We will keep updating this page as and when new information emerges.

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