Rumors suggest the vehicle could be a compact electric crossover.
Rivian will partner with Lincoln to create the brand's first commercially available electric vehicle, and the model will ride on Rivian's skateboard platform. The company isn't offering many details about the new product, yet, including when it might arrive.
"Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles," President of The Lincoln Motor Company Joy Falotico said when announcing the model. “This vehicle will take Quiet Flight to a new place – zero emissions, effortless performance and connected and intuitive technology. It’s going to be stunning.”
Rumors were already circulating about the possibility of the first Rivian co-developed EV under Ford's investment in the company wearing Lincoln branding. The model under development is allegedly a compact crossover that would arrive in mid-2022. The brand would also allegedly get a second, larger electric crossover around a year later.
"Our vehicle development partnership with Ford is an exciting opportunity to pair our technology with Lincoln’s vision for innovation and refinement. We are proud to collaborate on Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle," Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said.
There's no technical info about the model yet. For its own vehicles, Rivian is aiming for 410 miles (660 kilometers) on a charge from a 180-kilowatt-hour battery. Assuming Lincoln gets access to similar technology, then the electric crossover could be an impressive entry in the EV market.
LINCOLN, RIVIAN PARTNER TO DELIVER LINCOLN’S FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLE
Jan 29, 2020 | DEARBORN, Mich.
Lincoln and Rivian will work together to develop an all-new fully electric vehicle, based on Rivian’s skateboard platform
Building on Lincoln’s product momentum, the all-electric vehicle will progress Lincoln’s Quiet Flight
DNA and feature advanced and intuitive technologies
Introduction of this zero-emissions electric vehicle advances Lincoln’s electrification plan that
includes the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid vehicles
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 29, 2020 – The Lincoln Motor Company announced today that it is working together with Rivian to develop an all-new electric vehicle previously announced as part of Ford Motor Company’s original investment in Rivian.
Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle will join the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid vehicles, further solidifying Lincoln’s commitment to electrification. The zero-emissions vehicle will feature connected and intuitive technologies designed to create an effortless experience for Lincoln clients.
“Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles,” said Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “This vehicle will take Quiet Flight to a new place – zero emissions, effortless performance and connected and intuitive technology. It’s going to be stunning.”
Lincoln has introduced four new SUVs including Corsair, Aviator and Navigator in the past three years. The all-new lineup has helped Lincoln’s global SUV sales grow 7 percent year-over-year and enabled the luxury automaker to deliver its best U.S. SUV sales in 16 years.
As Lincoln adds a new luxury electric vehicle to its lineup, production of the MKZ sedan will end this year in order for the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico to prepare for production of new Ford vehicles.
The Lincoln battery electric vehicle will be built off of Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform and is part of Ford Motor Company’s planned equity investment in Rivian. This all-new vehicle also is part of Ford’s previously announced investment of more than $11.5 billion into electrification, which includes the Mustang Mach-E and a fully electric version of the best-selling F-150 pickup.
“Our vehicle development partnership with Ford is an exciting opportunity to pair our technology with Lincoln’s vision for innovation and refinement. We are proud to collaborate on Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle,” said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe.
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