Mercedes-Benz and Rivian: together the planned e-transporter

Mercedes-Benz and Rivian: together the planned e-transporter

Mercedes-Benz Vans and electric car startup Rivian from the USA are planning a partnership in the production of electric vans. Both companies have signed a corresponding letter of intent for a strategic partnership, according to Mercedes-Benz in a recent press release.

Based on the preparation and final signing of the contract by both companies and official approvals, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian intend to establish a new production partnership with the aim of investing and operating a joint factory in Europe. In just a few years, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian electric supercars will roll off the production line there. Mercedes-Benz’s existing location in Central/Eastern Europe will be used for the construction of a new production facility for electric vehicles.

The companies are planning more production-optimized vehicle concepts for better production on joint production lines. The large eVan from Mercedes-Benz is based on the VAN.EA electric platform (MB Vans Electric Architecture), the Rivian eVan on the Rivian Light Van (RLV) platform. More interaction options within the partnership framework should be explored.

This partnership reflects the shared goal of Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian: to accelerate the production of electric vans to drive the transition towards a zero-emission transport sector. Collaboration should make it possible to increase operational synergies and increase cost efficiency significantly. This should enable commercial customers, whose main focus is on total cost of ownership, to be offered competitive products.

Rivian was founded to make fossil energy phasing out attractive. We want to contribute to this by providing quality vehicles and services. We are happy to work with Mercedes-Benz in this endeavorSays RJ Scaringe, Chief Executive Officer of Rivian. “Mercedes-Benz is one of the most well-known and respected car companies in the world. The partnership enables us to jointly produce the best electric vehicles that are not only attractive to our customers, but also contribute to protecting the planet..”

Since 2010, we have produced and launched many electric cars. We are now accelerating the transition towards an electronic product portfolio‘, adds Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. From 2025, all passenger cars based on the new VAN.EA architecture should be purely electric. “I am very pleased that we are now working with Rivian in this evolution – a dynamic and inspiring partner with a strong technology position.said Geisen.We share investments and technologies because we have a common strategic goal: to develop the electrification of the van market with sustainable and technologically superior products for our customers.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has strengthened electricity in its strategy. With the Vito E-CELL, Mercedes-Benz Vans was already a pioneer in the zero-emission vehicle market in 2010. Today, customers can choose between four battery-electric vehicles: the eVito panel, eSprinter, eVito Tourer and EQV . With the new eCitan and EQT, the entire van portfolio will soon be electrified. The next generation of the eSprinter will come to market in 2023. From the middle of the decade, Mercedes-Benz Vans will implement the next step of its electrification strategy with VAN.EA (MB Vans Electric Architecture): From 2025, all mid-size vans and large based on the new module architecture will be only. electricity.

Rivian is building a portfolio of brands and products with the goal of shaping the transition to climate-neutral travel as much as possible. The R1T, R1S and last mile Electric Distribution Vehicle (EDV) are Rivian’s first vehicles for private and commercial customers. The R1T pickup and R1S SUV are Rivian’s flagship products.

Source: Mercedes-Benz – press release from 09/08/2022