Mercedes and Rivian Agree to Electric Van Partnership For Making Electric Vans
- Mercedes-Benz and Rivian have signed an MOU to create a new joint venture for building electric vans.
- The joint venture factory open in Europe will assemble two new electric vans.
- One will be based on Mercedes’s VAN.EA platform and the second is based on the generation of the Rivian Light Van platform
EV start-up Rivian is currently working with Amazon to build a 1,00,000-unit of its goofy-looking Electric Delivery Van by 2030, and now the California company Rivian is poised to go into another partnership.
Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian introduced today that both companies have actually authorized a memorandum of recognition to start an important partnership, which, if all complements regulative processes, will result in the development of a brand-new joint venture for electric-van manufacturing.
This joint venture would certainly see the construction of a new electric factory in eastern or central Europe, leveraging an existing Mercedes-Benz plant. This production center will certainly focus on building huge electric vans for both Rivian as well as Mercedes-Benz, with two currently intended.
One will certainly be based upon VAN. the Mercedes electric van design, while the other will certainly be the second-generation electric Rivian Light Van (RLV) platform. It’s unclear exactly how these vans will certainly be badged as well as offered, but we are thinking one will certainly lug the three-pointed star while the various others will certainly include a Rivian logo design.
The companies stated that more choices for enhanced harmonies are being examined, so the joint endeavor won’t always be limited to these 2 vans. The partnership intends to improve manufacturing as well as price effectiveness to make the vans extra affordable.
Mercedes is presently working on electric its van lineup, with an electric version of its Sprinter van– the eSprinter– set to arrive in med 2023. In the European market, the eSprinter signs up with the EQV and also eVito, electric versions of the electric van understood stateside as the Metris, the small edition.
Rivian, on the other hand, is increasing the manufacturing of its EDV as Amazon starts presenting the delivery vans in cities throughout the United States. Beginning in 2025-26, brand-new mid-size vans and large Mercedes vans will certainly all ride on VAN. EA and also be powered by electrons, and also the newly two company announced joint venture must be up and going in the right direction.