Toyota announced Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Amazon for the sale of an EV-based EV in the US, Canada, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Singapore.
In addition to the US market, Amazon will sell the EV in Singapore and in Singapore, the Japanese carmaker said in a statement.
In a blog post, Amazon said it was “making an announcement to help accelerate the introduction of EV technology to the American and British markets” and that it planned to offer EV-equipped vehicles in the UK, US Virgin islands, Puerto Rican and the US mainland.
“Toyota is committed to working with the US government, including the Department of Energy, to ensure the development of an electric transportation system that meets the national transportation needs of the United States,” Amazon said.
The Japanese car company said that its partnership with Amazon extends beyond EVs.
“This is an important milestone for Toyota in its evolution of its EV technology and our desire to be an integral part of the electric vehicle industry in the United Kingdom,” Toyota said.
“We look forward to working closely with Amazon to further enhance the EV ecosystem and to enable more Americans to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient.”
In a statement to Business Insider, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the EV is designed to meet the “national transportation needs” of the US.
The US Virgin Island is currently the only US state that has not passed legislation allowing the sale and ownership of EV-toting vehicles, but Amazon said that it is working with local authorities to allow the sale, leasing and ownership.
Amazon will sell two EVs, one in the city of Baltimore and one in a suburb of Boston, as well as an EV for private use in the Bay Area.
The company said it plans to offer the vehicles to customers who wish to drive an EV, as long as the EV meets certain regulatory and environmental requirements.
Amazon, which is valued at about $16 billion, is the world’s largest e-tailer.