Amazon introduced that it’s going to purchase an undisclosed variety of electrical supply vans from Stellantis in 2023. The automaker has mentioned that it’s going to roll out an all-electric model of its Ram ProMaster business van that 12 months.
Stellantis, which is the corporate that fashioned final 12 months from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Cars and the French PSA Group, has not formally revealed the electrical vans. However Amazon says it is going to be the primary business buyer after they ultimately enter manufacturing, with the 2 firms working collectively to place “1000’s” of electrical vans on the highway.
Amazon has been working with Rivian, the buzzy electrical automobile firm that went public final 12 months in one of many greatest IPOs ever, on a fleet of electrical supply autos. Amazon, which owns about 20 % of the corporate, has mentioned it plans on ordering 100,000 vans from Rivian, in what’s seen as one of many largest EV purchases in historical past.
“1000’s” of electrical supply vans coming to Amazon’s fleet
(Stellantis can also be working with Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google’s father or mother firm Alphabet, on a fleet of autonomous Ram ProMaster vans.)
Along with the deal for the Ram EVs, Amazon and Stellantis additionally introduced that they might be working collectively to develop in-car software program for Stellantis’ lineup of vehicles, vehicles, and vans. The deal will permit Amazon to combine its software program into “tens of millions” of autos, the businesses mentioned.
The 2 firms will collaborate on software program for the “digital cockpit” infotainment methods of Stellantis autos that may launch in 2024. Stellantis mentioned it can use Amazon’s Alexa expertise for voice-controlled options, “navigation, automobile upkeep, ecommerce marketplaces, and fee providers.”
“We’re excited to collaborate with Stellantis to rework the automotive trade and re-invent the in-vehicle expertise,” mentioned Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon, in a press release.
Whereas this isn’t the identical as Volvo utterly turning over its automobile working system to Google’s Android, it does give Amazon a stronger toehold within the auto trade and will assist Stellantis compete with different software-leading automobile firms like Tesla.
This isn’t the primary time that Amazon and Stellantis have collaborated. The 2 firms introduced early final 12 months that the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer can be the primary autos to function in-car Amazon FireTV. Amazon’s software program is accessible from each the primary show and rear seat screens, however privateness filters stop the motive force from watching reveals whereas the automobile is in movement.
Correction January fifth, 9:41AM: The electrical autos bought by Amazon shall be Ram ProMaster vans, not Dodge. Ram is a separate model from Dodge. A earlier model of this story misstated that reality.