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Ford invests $500M in Rivian and intends to build a vehicle on Rivian’s EV platform

Rivian today announced a major investment from Ford. The 115-year-old automaker is investing $500 million into the Michigan-based EV startup. Along with the money, Ford announced plans to build a car on Rivian’s electric car platform.

“This strategic partnership marks another key milestone in our ride to speed the transition to sustainable mobility,” RJ Scaringe, Rivian founder and CEO, said in a released statement. “Ford has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, with Bill Ford being one of the industry’s earliest advocates, and we are excited to use our technology to get more electric vehicles on the roadway.”

This investment comes two months after Rivian netted $700 million from a funding circular that was led by Amazon.

Rivian was founded in 2009 by Scaringe but operated in stealth until late 2018, when it unveiled its stunning electric pickup and SUV. Today, the company has more than 750 employees split between four development locations in the U.S. and an office in the U.K. The bulk of its employees are in Michigan to be close to an expansive automotive supply chain.

Rivian chassis

Today’s announcement stopped short about detailing the car Ford intends to build on Rivian’s platform. It’s likely whatever Ford produces will have similar capabilities of the two products Rivian announced last year. Rivian’s five-passenger R1T pickup and seven-passenger R1S SUV both feature more than 400 miles of range and the startup previously stated they would be available in late 2020.

Ford already has several electric vehicles in production and in the works. Along with tiny electric vehicles, Ford is developing an electric version of its best-selling version, the F-150 pickup.

With this investment, Rivian will stay a private company. Following regulatory approval, Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of Automotive, will join Rivian’s board.

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