In early 2020 the American luxury firm Ford, Lincoln Motor, announced that I was working with Rivian to use its flexible platform in what will be its first electric car, an SUV. However the project has fallen due to the pandemic.
Ford and Rivian remain partners
Claiming that the sphere of electromobility is in a “constantly changing environment,” Ford has announced that it has reviewed its business plans. “As we moved through the development cycle, we determined that it would be better to change Rivian's skateboard deck and focus our development efforts on our own electric Lincoln.”
As explained in the header The Verge, Lincoln continues to work closely with Rivian, including an “alternative vehicle” project that will also build on Rivian's electric vehicle skateboard deck.
“Given the current environment, Lincoln and Rivian have decided not to pursue the development of an all-electric vehicle based on the Rivian skateboard deck. Our strategic commitment to Lincoln, Rivian and electrification remains unchanged and Lincoln's future plans will include a fully electric vehicle, “a Lincoln spokesperson told The Verge.
Let's not forget that in April of last year Ford invested $ 500 million in Rivian, so they are far from breaking ties.
So far, the reasons why have not been disclosed. the coronavirus pandemic has truncated synergy. Rivian may not yet be ready to jump into another project when he has yet to build an electric vehicle, despite being the best-funded start-up in the world.
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