Ford, Rivian no longer developing electric vehicles together

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Ford CEO Jim Farley shares new info on the automaker’s future in developing electric vehicles for nationwide adoption.

Ford and Rivian have abandoned plans to co-develop an electric vehicle, Ford CEO Jim Farley has confirmed.

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford announced Ford’s investment in Rivian in 2019. (Ford)

Ford was one of Rivian's early major investors in 2019 and currently holds a 12% stake in the startup. The companies announced in January 2020 that Rivian would build an electric SUV for Lincoln but canceled the project in April of that year amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, Ford has accelerated spending on its own electric vehicle projects, including new vehicle and battery factories in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Blue Oval City in Stanton, Tennessee, is one of Ford’s newly proposed electric vehicle technology manufacturing centers. (Ford)

"Right now, we have growing confidence in our ability to win in the electric space," Farley told Automotive News.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
FFORD MOTOR CO.20.19+0.80+4.13%
RIVNRIVIAN AUTOMOTIVE INC.121.08-7.52-5.85%

Ford invested a total of $1.2 billion in Rivian, but its position is worth over $12 billion following Rivian's recent IPO.

Following its Nov. 10 IPO, Rivian’s market cap was larger than Ford’s. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

"Rivian's a special case for us; it's kind of like a brother or a sister, since we're an investor," Farley said. "We know [CEO RJ Scaringe] and the company really well."

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A Ford subsidiary called Troy Design and Manufacturing also helped build Rivian's prototypes and remains a parts supplier for its first production vehicles.

Ford board member Alexandra Ford English gave up her position on Rivian's board of directors in May.

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