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Ford-Rivian Partnership Is ‘Going Great,’ New Ford Model Still On Track

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Last spring, Ford made a significant $500 million investment into EV-maker Rivian that was slated to give the automaker access to Rivian’s skateboard platform for use in a future all-electric vehicle. A few months later, it was reported that the forthcoming model would be a Lincoln SUV, but earlier this year, Ford cancelled the project, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy as the deciding factor. Since then, we’ve heard nothing but crickets in regards to the Ford-Rivian relationship, so it had us wondering – will it ever lead to a new Blue Oval EV?

“We’re still working on a product with Rivian and that relationship is going great,” Ford Motor Company Vice President and President of the North American region, Kumar Galhotra, told Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview “We will use their skateboard to build a Ford vehicle on, but not a Lincoln.”

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Galhotra declined to say exactly what product will be developed with Rivian, so that’s to be determined at this point. However, we don’t believe that the upcoming electric Ford F-150 will be that vehicle. Regardless, it’s clear that the Ford-Rivian relationship is still intact at this point, and there’s at least one Blue Oval model in the pipeline slated to ride on Rivian’s skateboard platform – it just won’t be a Lincoln product, as originally planned.

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Initially announced in January 2020, the Lincoln EV being developed with Rivian would have been the first-ever battery electric vehicle for Lincoln. To date, Ford’s luxury arm has only offered plug-in hybrid models like the Corsair and Aviator, as opposed to pure battery EVs. Meanwhile, aside from the forthcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford Transit EV, and F-150 EV, The Blue Oval will be building five future electric vehicles at the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant beginning in 2025.

We’ll have much more on Ford’s electrification plans soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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    • Roy strikes again with more baseless and ridiculous comments.

      Who said Lincoln was taking a back seat to Ford? Nobody did.

      What’s happening is Ford has finally realized that it doesn’t need Rivian and can do EVs by itself. So Ford will develop a Lincoln EV on its own platform.

      Ford will end up making one Ford model based on the Rivian platform, after which Rivian will cease to exist because it’s mostly vaporeare, and the big boys (like Ford and GM) will have better and more affordable EVs of their own.

      • Hahahaha…
        That was funny…
        Probably you are not aware of the ford finances , the sales and the most important their capabilities of producing anything apart of their own GAS MOTORS , APART FROM MOTORS THEY DON’T MANUFACTURE ANYTHING ELSE THEY BUY FROM SUPPLIERS ALL THE REST AND THEY JUST ASSEMBLE IT AND STICK THE FORD BADGE “THE SAME AS GM”, SO HOW ARE THEY GONNA LEARN DEVELOP AND MANUFACTURER WHAT IS NEEDED TO BUILD AN ELECTRIC CAR!!?.. EVEN IF THEY STARTED TODAY WOULD TAKE THEM 5 O6 YEARS TO DEVELOP AND BUILD AN EV AND SELLING IT A PROFIT , BECAUSE ALL THE OTHERS ,APART FROM TESLA AND PORCHE , ARE SELLING IT AT A LOSS …BECAUSE THEY PREFER TO LOSE ON THE SALES OF THEIR EVS THAN PAYING THE GOVERNMENT CO2 FEES …
        ACORDING TO SOME PEOPLE FORD WILL BE APPLYING FOR BANKRUPTCY IN 4 YEARS ..
        IN MY OPINION IN 3 YEARS

      • You need to get a life learn how to read and Stop riding my jock, Ford plan was 1st to work with Rivian to build a Lincoln model now plans have changed to build a Ford model. 2nd Ford do need Rivian at this point because they have already dumped $500Million in the company that they could have used their self to build a Ford and Lincoln model 3 This is a waste of money on Ford part that can come back to hunt them in the end

  1. The future Ford-Rivian EV may be a smaller based EV than the Mach E. Rivian has shown off an off-road rally car referred to as a R2. It would be a wagon/cross over based EV with 500 HP.

  2. on the Lincoln brand, if you are shopping for a car no reason to go into a Lincoln showroom, so i guess i won’t be seeing any of their suv. you still need cars. i’ve been buying Fords and Lincolns since 1969.

    • I plan to buy a Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring (the PHEV) when they are released. I’ve done an extensive amount of research, deciding between it, the Mercedes GLC 350e, the BMW XDrive30e, Volvo XC60 PHEV. For the money, I believe the Lincoln will best fit what I’m looking for, and yes, I’ve been buying Ford products for decades and have always had great service with them.

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