Amazon will be the first commercial customer for the Ram ProMaster battery electric vehicle.
According to an announcement by the retail giant on Wednesday, the EV delivery van will launch in 2023.
The announcement did not include any financial details. However, the agreement promised to put “thousands of BEV ProMasters on the road every year.”
Amazon provided design inputs on the new delivery vehicles, with the plan is to deploy the Ram ProMaster’s across the United States.
This is not the first deal with Stellantis or its brands for Amazon. Amazon has used light commercial vehicles from Fiat, Peugeot, Citroen and Ram since 2018.
Previous Amazon and Stellantis agreements include making Amazon Web Service the preferred cloud provider for Steallantis, and Amazon Fire TV is now in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica.
In addition to the Promaster, Amazon and Stellantis work together on a software system named SmartCockpit. The in-vehicle software will debut in Stellantis vehicles in 2024.
SmartCockpit will deliver an intuitive in-vehicle experience for users. It will include Alexa-enabled voice assistance, navigation, vehicle maintenance, payment services and even eCommerce marketplaces.
For instance, the software could provide a family on a road trip with media suggestions, point out the nearest restaurant and map their route through Alexa.
The announcement did not provide a set rollout date for SmartCockpit or when Stellantis will deliver the first ProMaster.
The Ram ProMaster will add to Amazon’s growing fleet of electric delivery vans made by Rivian.
Source: Detroit Free Press