Mercedes Benz Vansthe division of the German giant dedicated to commercial vehicles, and the American manufacturer of electric Rivian they have just announced an agreement to manufacture battery-powered vans together.
Although no specific dates are stipulated, the intention is to use a former factory of the German manufacturer located “in the center or in the east of Europe” to adapt it to the production of these vans that take advantage of the synergies between both companies.
The firms anticipate a specific vehicle design for each brand to be assembled on common assembly lines. Your goal will be to produce two large vans, one based on VAN.EA (MB Vans Electric Architecture), the new exclusive electric platform of the star firm, and the other based on the second generation battery-powered van, Rivian Light Van (RLV).
By working together, they will be able to take advantage of existing operational synergies between the two companies with the goal of substantially increasing cost efficiencies and making electric vans more affordablereducing the total cost of vehicle ownership.
“From 2025, all vans based on our new VAN.EA architecture will be electric,” announced Mathias Geisen, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans Division.
“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 share investments and technology because we also share the same strategic ambition: to accelerate the electrification of the commercial vehicle market with sustainable and superior products for our customers.”
The CEO of Rivian, RJ Scaringe, meanwhile, spoke along the same lines: “Rivian was created to encourage the world to move away from the consumption of fossil fuels. We are delighted to partner with Mercedes-Benz on this project. Mercedes-Benz is one of the world’s best-known and most respected automotive companies, and we believe that together we will produce truly remarkable electric vans that will not only benefit our customers, but also the planet.”