October 22, 2020
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Amazon Prime Day Deals for Your Car

Photo credit: Diego Patiño - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Diego Patiño – Car and Driver

From Car and Driver

  • Amazon’s annual Prime Day sale, usually held in spring or early summer, was delayed for 2020 and is taking place October 13–14.

  • Nearly the entirety of Amazon’s vast inventory of products will see major discounts during the two-day sale.

  • Automotive deals are plentiful, but not everything is worth your time. We’ve compiled what we think are the best deals below for your shopping pleasure.

Amazon’s big Prime Day sale is upon us—and at a much more opportune time this year, as the online retail giant kicks off two days of massive discounts on a massive selection of its available products. Let other shoppers go to town on pumpkin-spice-flavored treats, stretchy yoga pants, or Alexa smart speakers; we know our readers are far more interested in automotive-related items to stock their garages and toolboxes.

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As employers try to get new hiring projects on track, or just return to previous production levels, the shortage of workers is a bottleneck. Missing just a tenth of a needed work force can hold back volumes or thwart efforts to operate a plant efficiently.

David Kalb, president at Applied Tech Industries, a Tier 2 specialized automotive coatings provider in Chesterfield, Mich., said he has not been able to find enough workers to keep up with production commitments shortly after the industry came back on line.

“We had to go to 10-hour shifts, six days a week because we couldn’t get good help, other than the people we had,” said Kalb, who services 12 auto assembly plants.

In addition to working additional hours, Kalb had to outsource some work to competitors. “Just in trying to find people, we’ve added more temp agencies,” he said. “We had to increase our pay

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Amazon, Rivian unveil first custom electric delivery vehicle

  • Amazon unveiled the first of its three custom electric delivery vehicles made by California-based Rivian on Thursday morning.
  • The vans would hit the road in 2021, it said, and can last up to 150 miles on a single charge.
  • The vehicles are Alexa-integrated, and have multiple exterior cameras to give the driver a 360-degree view of their surroundings.
  • The custom vans also include a “dancefloor” inside the driver’s cabin, Amazon added — likely referring to the open space where the driver can move around.
  • Amazon aims to have 10,000 of these vans in operation as early as 2022, and 100,000 by 2030. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon unveiled its first custom electric delivery vehicle on Thursday morning – and it plans to have 100,000 on the road within a decade. 

The vehicles are made by California-based Rivian, and Amazon is aiming to deploy the first of them

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Amazon debuts its first fully electric delivery vehicle, created in partnership with Rivian

Amazon has received delivery of its very first, custom-built EV delivery van – a vehicle built through its partnership with electric transportation startup Rivian. The van doesn’t look too different from existing, traditional fuel and hybrid commercial delivery vans (though there are a lot more rounded edges) but most of the innovation is happening in less obvious places.

In a blog post detailing the vehicle, Amazon outlined some of the unique features of its custom vehicle, including sensor-based highway driving and traffic assist features; exterior cameras that can provide a 360-degree view for the driver via a digital display; a larger interior floor space in the cabin to help with drivers getting to and from the cabin compartment; surround tail lights for better braking visibility for other drivers; integrated three-level shelving and a bulkhead cargo compartment separating door; and finally, of course – built-in Alexa voice assistant integration.

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