Mercedes-Benz partners with Rivian in a joint electric vehicle venture

This joint venture aims to expand production and facilitate a quicker transition to cleaner transportation and improve the affordability, especially for commercial ownership.

Mercedes-Benz and Rivian are to partner on the production of electric vehicles.

This partnership will seek to increase synergies in the development and production of large electric vans based on Mercedes-Benz Vans’s Electric Architecture and the Rivian Light Van platform.

“Rivian was created to encourage the world to transition away from fossil fuel consumption by creating compelling products and services. We’re delighted to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz on this project. Mercedes-Benz is one of the world’s best known and respected automotive companies, and we believe that together we will produce truly remarkable electric vans that will not only benefit our customers but the planet,” said RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian.

Mathias Geisen, Leiter Mercedes Benz Vans

“As a pioneer in the field of locally emission-free transportation, Mercedes-Benz Vans has gained broad experience in producing and launching e-vans since 2010,” said Mathias Geisen, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “Now we are accelerating the transformation to a fully electric product portfolio. From 2025 onwards, all vans are based on our new architecture VAN.EA will be electric only. I am delighted that as part of this transformation we are now joining forces with Rivian, a highly dynamic and inspiring partner with a strong technology position. We are sharing investments and technology because we also share the same strategic ambition: accelerating the electrification of the van market with sustainable and superior products for our customers.”

RJ Scaringe, Chief Executive Officer von Rivian

Electric vans portfolio of Mercedes-Benz:

Mercedes-Benz Vans has firmly anchored its leadership aspiration for electric mobility in its strategy. With the Vito E-Cell in 2010, Mercedes-Benz Vans was a pioneer in the field of locally emission-free transporters. Today, customers can choose from four battery-electric driven vans: the eVito Panel Van, the eSprinter, the eVito Tourer and the EQV. With the new eCitan and the upcoming EQT, the van portfolio will soon be completely electrified. The next-generation eSprinter will be launched in 2023.

Source: MotorPress

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