Lincoln Builds First All-Electric Vehicle with Help from Rivian
Lincoln Motors, the luxury vehicle division of American auto company Ford, announced that it is developing its first all-new electric vehicle (EV) in partnership with EV startup Rivian Automotive.
However, aside from the announcement, Lincoln is keeping mum about other specific details about the EV, including what form it will take or when it will arrive.
It is worth noting that Rivian is known for making pickup trucks and SUVs, so it’s a safe bet that the upcoming Lincoln EV will take the form of a luxury ute.
Once available, Lincoln’s first all-electric offering will join the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrids in the company’s bid for electrification.
As expected of any Lincoln model, the zero-emissions vehicle will feature connected and intuitive technologies designed to create an effortless experience for the brand’s clients.
“Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles,” said Joy Falotico, president of The Lincoln Motor Company. “This vehicle will take Quiet Flight to a new place – zero emissions, effortless performance and connected and intuitive technology. It’s going to be stunning.”
The Lincoln battery electric vehicle will be built off of Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform and is part of Ford Motor Company’s USD 500 million (approx. PHP 25.5 billion) investment in Rivian. This all-new vehicle also is part of Ford’s previously announced investment of more than USD 11.5 billion (PHP 586.4 billion) into electrification, which includes the Ford Mustang Mach-E and a fully electric version of the best-selling F-150 pickup.
“Our vehicle development partnership with Ford is an exciting opportunity to pair our technology with Lincoln’s vision for innovation and refinement. We are proud to collaborate on Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle,” said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe.
In the past three years, Lincoln has released four consecutive SUVs including the Corsair, Aviator and Navigator. The successive release of these models helped Lincoln’s global SUV sales grow 7 percent year-over-year and enabled the luxury automaker to deliver its best U.S. SUV sales in 16 years.
Lincoln will cease production on the MKZ sedan to make room for the new luxury EV in its Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.