The Lincoln Motor Co. says it is working with Rivian, an American automaker and automotive technology company, to develop an all-new electric vehicle previously announced as part of Ford Motor Co.’s original investment in Rivian.
Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle will join the Aviator and Corsair plug-in hybrid vehicles, further solidifying Lincoln’s commitment to electrification. The zero-emissions vehicle will feature connected and intuitive technologies designed to create an effortless experience for Lincoln clients.
“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 The Lincoln Motor Co. “This vehicle will take quiet flight to a new place – zero-emissions, effortless performance and connected and intuitive technology.”
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% year-over-year and enabled the luxury automaker to deliver its best U.S. SUV sales in 16 years.
As Lincoln adds a new luxury electric vehicle to its lineup, production of the MKZ sedan will end this year in order for the Hermosillo assembly plant in Mexico to prepare for production of new Ford vehicles.
The Lincoln battery electric vehicle will be built off of Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform and is part of Ford Motor Co.’s planned equity investment in Rivian. This all-new vehicle also is 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. We are proud to collaborate on Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle,” concludes RJ Scaringe, CEO of Rivian.