Currently reading: Start-up Rivian to develop EV for Ford premium brand Lincoln
Lincoln's first electric vehicle will be based on Rivian platform, building on existing deal between start-up and Ford

Electric vehicle start-up Rivian will develop a new luxury electric car based on its skateboard platform for Ford’s premium brand, Lincoln.

The new machine will be the first full EV from Lincoln, which operates in North America, Asia and the Middle East. It will build on an existing arrangement between Rivian, which is currently developing a series of electric pick-ups and SUVs, and Ford that involves the car giant using Rivian’s platforms as the basis for a range of EVs.

Lincoln and Rivian will work together on the full EV, which will join plug-in hybrid versions of the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring SUVs in Lincoln’s electrified vehicle line-up. Lincoln said the car will feature the firm’s “connected and intuitive technologies”.

The Lincoln EV is part of Ford’s previously announced £8.8 billion investment into EVs that will be spearheaded by the Mustang Mach-E. Ford invested £386 million in Rivian when it agreed the deal to use the firm’s platform for a range of EVs.

Rivian is currently developing the R1T pick-up and R1S SUV, and has also agreed a deal to provide Amazon with a fleet of electric delivery vans.


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James Attwood

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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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