Mercedes and Rivian partner to produce electric vans
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Mercedes and Rivian partner to produce electric vans.

Both companies will establish a joint venture that will produce two electric vans. One of them will be based on Mercedes Benz's new architecture VAN.EA and the other will be based on the Rivian Light Van (RLV) platform.

Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new joint venture to manufacture electric vans. Both companies will invest and operate a factory in Europe to produce large electric vans for both Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian.

The new JV will produce two large vans, one based on Mercedes’ electric-only platform for Vans, VAN.EA, and the other is based on the second generation electric van, Rivian Light Van (RLV) platform.

Mercedes is currently developing the new, modular, all-electric van architecture, VAN.EA. The company plans to invest in the development of this platform for purely electric medium-sized and large vans as well as in the production sites.

By working together, both companies will be able to leverage operations synergies and substantially increase cost efficiency to help make the vans more affordable for commercial customers driven by the total cost of ownership.

RJ Scaringe, Chief Executive Officer of Rivian, said: “Rivian was created to encourage the world to transition away from fossil fuel consumption by creating compelling products and services. We’re delighted to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz on this project. Mercedes-Benz is one of the world’s best known and respected automotive companies, and we believe that together we will produce truly remarkable electric vans which will not only benefit our customers but the planet.”

Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “As a pioneer in the field of locally emission-free transportation Mercedes-Benz Vans has gained broad experience in producing and launching eVans since 2010. Now we are accelerating the transformation to a fully electric product portfolio. From 2025 onwards, all vans based on our new architecture VAN.EA will be electric-only. I am delighted that as part of this transformation we are now joining forces with Rivian - a highly dynamic and inspiring partner with a strong technology position. We are sharing investments and technology because we also share the same strategic ambition: accelerating the electrification of the van market with sustainable and superior products for our customers.”

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