Ford, Rivian dump plans to jointly develop a Ford electric vehicle

Nov 19 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN.O) have dropped plans to jointly develop an electric vehicle, Ford confirmed on Friday.

“We respect Rivian and have had extensive exploratory discussions with them,” a spokesperson told Reuters. “However, both sides have agreed not to pursue any kind of joint vehicle development or platform sharing.”

Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley revealed the break in a story published Friday by Automotive News. The proposed vehicle was not identified.

Ford earlier scrapped a plan to build a new Lincoln from Rivian’s EV chassis and hardware.

 Ford continues to ramp up its EV development and manufacturing, targeting global production capacity of 600,000 by late 2023.
Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; editing by Jonathan Oatis
Source : Reuters