Ford-Rivian to co-develop new battery electric vehicle

Ford Motor Firm has invested USD 500 million (about Rs three,492 crore) in US-based EV carmaker, Rivian, the latter has introduced right now. Together with the sizable funding, the 2 American manufacturers will co-develop an all-new next-generation battery electrical car that may be a part of Ford’s rising EV portfolio.

The brand new Ford mannequin will use Rivian’s skateboard platform, which underpins the likes of the just lately revealed five-seat R1T pickup and seven-seat R1S SUV.

“This strategic partnership marks one other key milestone in our drive to speed up the transition to sustainable mobility,” stated RJ Scaringe, Rivian founder and CEO. “Ford has a long-standing dedication to sustainability, with Invoice Ford being one of many business's earliest advocates, and we’re excited to make use of our expertise to get extra electrical autos on the highway.”

Invoice Ford, government chairman, Ford stated: “We’re excited to put money into and accomplice with Rivian. I’ve gotten to know and respect RJ, and we share a standard purpose to create a sustainable future for our business by means of innovation.”

Rivian’s R1T pickup and R1S SUV are claimed to as much as 676km on a single cost and supply an unmatched mixture of efficiency, off-road functionality and utility, when the launch worldwide markets in late 2020.

Jim Hackett, president and CEO, Ford stated: “As we proceed in our transformation of Ford with new types of clever autos and propulsion, this partnership with Rivian brings a contemporary method to each. On the similar time, we imagine Rivian can profit from Ford’s industrial experience and sources.”

This new improvement with Rivian is along with Ford’s present plans to develop a portfolio of battery electrical autos. As a part of its beforehand introduced $11 billion (Rs 76,824 crore) EV funding, Ford already has confirmed two key totally electrical autos: a Mustang-inspired crossover coming in 2020 and a zero-emissions model of the best-selling F-150 pickup.

Rivian stays an unbiased firm. The funding is topic to customary regulatory approval. Following Ford’s funding, Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of Automotive, will be a part of Rivian’s seven-member board.

In the meantime in India, Ford and Mahindra have joined arms to develop a brand new mid-size SUV that may share its platform and mechanical bits with the next-gen Mahindra XUV500. Click here for more details on that development.

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