Amazon.com Inc. is partnering with Stellantis NV to develop software and buy electric delivery vans in a move that pits the carmaker against Rivian Automotive Inc. in supplying EVs for the world’s largest e-commerce company.
The maker of Jeep, Chrysler and Fiat brands will work on digital technology with Amazon and use its cloud services, according to a joint statement. The online retailer will also be the first commercial customer for the new Ram ProMaster electric delivery vehicle due in 2023.
While the companies didn’t detail the size of the order, Stellantis Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares said it will sell “a big number” of the vans to Amazon. The automaker aims to be the world’s largest seller of light commercial vehicles.
“This is the acceleration and growth of an existing business,” he said at the CES consumer tech show in Las Vegas. “We are going to work intimately with Amazon about having an even more precise understanding of the customer needs of the last-mile delivery suppliers.”
The announcement comes after Stellantis last month outlined plans to generate about 20 billion euros ($23 billion) in extra revenue from software-driven features in its vehicles by the end of the decade. The agreement with Amazon adds another partner to a roster that already includes Foxconn Technology Group, Waymo and BMW AG to build three new tech platforms by 2024.
Amazon Web Services is by far the leader in the business of providing rented computing infrastructure and serves companies in virtually every industry. AWS chief Adam Selipsky recently unveiled plans to tailor more products to specific sectors such as the health care, automotive and telecommunications industries.