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Ford And Rivian Scrap Plans To Collaborate On EV

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Back in 2019, Ford made a $500 million investment into upstart EV automaker Rivian that was supposed 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 last year, Ford canceled the project, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy. However, as Ford Authority exclusively reported last October, FoMoCo said that its relationship with Rivian was “going great,” and that it still planned on building a future Ford EV on Rivian’s platform. Now, Automotive News is reporting that those plans have been scrapped altogether.

“Right now, we have growing confidence in our ability to win in the electric space,” Farley told Automotive News. “When you compare today with when we originally made that investment, so much has changed – about our ability, about the brand’s direction in both cases, and now it’s more certain to us what we have to do. We want to invest in Rivian – we love their future as a company – but at this point we’re going to develop our own vehicles.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Farley revealing that Ford is doubling its planned global EV production between now and 2024, to 600,000 units per year. Ford’s CEO cited stronger than expected demand for its current and future electric vehicles, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, and 2022 Ford E-Transit as the reason for this big bet, which, as it stands today, would make it the second-largest producer of EVs behind only Tesla.

Farley recently called Rivian, Tesla, and Volkswagen “major threats” to its business, but he was quick to point out that Ford’s relationship with the former hasn’t soured. “Rivian’s a special case for us; it’s kind of like a brother or a sister, since we’re an investor,” Farley said. “We know [CEO RJ Scaringe] and the company really well. It’s some of the best cooperation we’ve had with another company. We have slightly different business models. We like what they’re doing, but we’re going to go our separate ways.”

We’ll have more on Rivian and Ford’s relationship soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Rivian news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Robert McLain

    when will Ford begin taking orders for 2022 F-150 Lightnings?

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  2. RORY STEIDL

    How convenient. Did Ford – by any chance – coincidentally sell a large portion of their Rivian shares this week during the IPO run-up?

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  3. NCEcoBoost

    If they haven’t already, dump those Rivian shares while they have the chance.

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    1. Lee

      Y’all think Farley made this decision? If he did, it’s the first smart move he’s EVER made.

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      1. Robert.Walter

        Current value of random internet CEO evaluations?

        Exactly 0.

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  4. Jason T.

    Feels like they used Rivian for some technology learning and then dumped them.

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    1. Lee

      I’ve got a Benjamin that says it (Rivian) was going nowhere fast anyway.

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      1. Robert.Walter

        Current value of random internet Benjamin’s?

        Exactly 0.

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    2. Lee

      Rivian was headed nowhere anyway Jason.

      Reply
  5. MJK

    When will for build some daring new vehicles, the Bronco is great, but not a lot of us want a low mpg off road vehicle. All Ford seems to do is eleminate vehicles . Lincoln is barely alive with 4 boring vehicles , need some new unique vehicles in the hybrid and EV categories. Not just another version of the same dull boring vehicles. The F150 EV is so boring and ugly, no cool designs at all from Ford. Rivian vehicles look better than and Ford now. Not sure I can buy another Ford, all the same old dull vehicles.

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    1. mpulsiv

      Isn’t the sole purpose of trucks is to be functional, rather than being aesthetically pleasing to your eye? Do you prioritize looks over everything else?

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      1. Robert.Walter

        You seem to think these two attributes are mutually exclusive. Why?

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  6. Al Jezowski

    I want a Ranger Raptor with 400 hp. I’ve waited 6 years. When can I order one? Don’t make me but another ZR2.
    Al

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  7. Robert.Walter

    The Rivian investment was ever only an insurance policy.

    If the EV market developed slowly it gave FoMoCo access to an electric truck platform for niche market experimentation.

    If the market developed quickly and Ford didn’t have all the nuts, bolts and IP available to jump in, Rivian offered the chance for quick technology transfer.

    If the EV market developed quickly, as it is, and Ford had all the bits necessary to address it at scale, as it does, then Rivian just becomes an investment that can be disposed of for profit, or maintained to retain a degree of control, or have residual tech access if such becomes necessary.

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  8. Lee

    Yep, Ford Authority censored/deleted my comments again. Guess I’m not surprised.

    Reply

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