The Lincoln Motor Co. of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it is working with Rivian in Plymouth Township to develop a new electric vehicle previously announced as part of Ford’s original investment in Rivian.
Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle will join the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid vehicles. The zero-emissions vehicle will include connected technologies. A development and production timeline was not disclosed.
“Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles,” says Joy Falotico, president of Lincoln. “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’s planned equity investment in Rivian. It is also part of Ford’s previously announced investment of more than $11.5 billion into electrification, which includes the Mustang Mach-E and a fully electric version of the 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,” says R.J. Scaringe, CEO of Rivian. “We are proud to collaborate on Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle.”
Lincoln has introduced four new SUVs including Corsair, Aviator, and Navigator in the past three years. The all new lineup has 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.
Production of Lincoln’s MKZ sedan will end this year with the addition of the luxury electric vehicle. The Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico, where the MKZ is manufactured, is preparing for production of new Ford vehicles.