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Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian proceed to partner on electric van production


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  • Mercedes-Benz and Rivian sign Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic partnership and joint production of electric vans with the aim to set the typical in sustainable and all-electric transportation

  • The planned jv will produce bespoke large electric vans for Mercedes-Benz and for Rivian

  • The firms turn to leverage shared investments, shared costs and can pursue operational synergies to rapidly scale electric van production

  • Further choices for increased synergies from the jv may also be explored

Stuttgart, Germany & Irvine, California Mercedes-Benz Vans, full range provider of electric private and commercial vans, and electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian, have today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate a strategic partnership. The partnership will enable the firms to cooperate on the production of electric vans.

At the mercy of the parties getting into final binding agreements also to acquiring the relevant regulatory clearances, the firms intend to set up a new jv manufacturing company with the goal of buying, and operating, a factory in Europe to create large electric vans for both Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian, starting in a couple of years. The goal is to build an all-new electric-only production facility leveraging a preexisting Mercedes-Benz site in Central/Eastern Europe.

The firms envisage production-optimised vehicle designs for efficient manufacturing on common assembly lines. They’ll try to produce two large vans, one predicated on VAN.EA (MB Vans Electric Architecture), the electric-only platform of Mercedes-Benz Vans, and another in line with the second generation electric-van, Rivian Light Van (RLV) platform. Further choices for increased synergies from the jv may also be explored.

The jv mirrors the normal objectives of Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian: both companies intend to rapidly scale the production of electric vans to greatly help the planet transition to cleaner transportation. By working together, they’ll be in a position to leverage operations synergies and substantially increase cost efficiency to make the vans less expensive for commercial customers driven by total cost of ownership.

RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian:

Rivian was made to encourage the planet to transition from fossil fuel consumption by creating compelling services and products. Were delighted to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz with this project. Mercedes-Benz is among the worlds most widely known and respected automotive companies, and we think that together we shall produce truly remarkable electric vans that will not merely benefit our customers, however the planet.

Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans:

As a pioneer in neuro-scientific locally emission-free transportation MercedesBenz Vans has gained broad experience in producing and launching eVans since 2010. Now we have been accelerating the transformation to a completely electric product portfolio. From 2025 onwards, all vans predicated on our new architecture VAN.EA will undoubtedly be electric-only. I’m delighted that within this transformation we have been now joining forces with Rivian – an extremely dynamic and inspiring partner with a solid technology position. We have been sharing investments and technology because we also share exactly the same strategic ambition: accelerating the electrification of the van market with sustainable and superior products for the customers.

About Electric vans portfolio of Mercedes-Benz:

Mercedes-Benz Vans has firmly anchored its leadership aspiration for electric mobility in its strategy. With Vito E-CELL in 2010, Mercedes-Benz Vans was a pioneer in neuro-scientific locally emission-free transporters. Today, customers can pick from four battery-electric driven vans: the eVito Panel Van, the eSprinter, the eVito Tourer and the EQV. With the brand new eCitan and the upcoming EQT the van portfolio will be completely electrified. Another generation eSprinter will undoubtedly be launched in 2023.

From the center of the decade, Mercedes-Benz Vans implements another stage in its electrification strategy with VAN.EA (MB Vans Electric Architecture). Starting in 2025, all mid-size and large vans in line with the new modular architecture will undoubtedly be electric-only.

About Rivian:

Rivian is creating a brand and product portfolio with the aim of maximizing impact in the shift to carbon-neutral transportation. The R1T, R1S, and Electric Delivery Van (EDV) last-mile delivery vans are Rivians first vehicles in the buyer and commercial space. The R1T and R1S are flagship products for Rivian, uniquely combining performance, utility, and efficiency see Rivian.com for more info. On the commercial side Rivian launched the EDV, that was designed and engineered by Rivian in collaboration with Amazon, being an anchor product to combat climate change at scale in the fleet market. Rivian also offers a bespoke fleet management tool FleetOS. FleetOS is made to simplify the commercial experience around centralized fleet management and ownership. Rivian expects FleetOS to operate a vehicle improved total cost of ownership and utilization over the full vehicle lifecycle.

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