In the future can be made Rivian might be just as natural to discuss with the neighbor over the hedge, as the newly purchased Kia, Mazda or the VW family car it is today.
Among the top executives in the Amazon and the Standard Chartered Bank has long talked about the expectant elbilproducent, and now Ford also jumped on the latest ligusterhæk-gossip. It happens according to Reuters, with an investment of around 3.3 billion. crowns.
The american automobile giant will thus be one of the largest investors in Rivian, who have not yet started to produce cars. First next year goes Rivian started to build an SUV model and a pickup, both of which are electric, but Ford has already looked hot on the underlying technology.
in return for its investment, gets the Ford should therefore be allowed to use Rivians so-called 'skateboard'platform to build a brand new electric model.
It confirms the car giant in a press release.
Ford has invested 11 billion. dollar (in the region of 73 billion. dollars) in developing electric cars, and the manufacturer is currently working on two models: An electric version of its most popular pickup, the F-150, and a crossover, which is inspired by the sports car Ford Mustang.
Although it is tempting to use the 'skateboard'platform - as Rivian himself will build a pick-up - in the next Ford F-150 pickup, according to the media in The Drive not Ford's plan. Car giant have yet announced anything officially about the type of car, the agreement shall result in the.
Cooperation with the Rivian is the second major partnership agreement, which Ford has made in years. Back in January announced the giant, that it had decided to build pickups and vans, together with the German Volkswagen group.
The first car to come out of the cooperation, being a mid-sized pickup that will be ready in 2022.
In January it was reported also that the VW and Ford would explore the possibilities of further cooperation on, among other self-propelled and electric cars. The parties had even signed a cooperation agreement, but according to Ford-boss Jim Hackett will the new agreement with the Rivian not be of importance for the VW-cooperation.
- It will not interfere. This is a specific platform, that helps us in areas that we have worked on with the other, he says, according to Reuters.
In 2022 it is Ford's goal to have 40 cars in its range, either running with hybrid technology or fully electric. According to the car giant is to expand the cooperation with Rivian and the electric car, which can be a result, be seen as a supplement to the objective.