Lincoln partners with Rivian for company's first all-electric vehicle

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 12:02:37-05

(WXYZ) — Lincoln Motor Company announced Wednesday it is working with Rivian to build Lincoln's first all-electric vehicle. This is part of Ford's $500 million investment in Rivian, announced last spring.

The first fully-electric vehicle will join other hybrid vehicles Lincoln has, including the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring.

“Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles,” Lincoln President Joy Falotico said in a release. “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.”

“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,” Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said in a release.

With the switch, Lincoln said it will end production of the MKZ this year so the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico can prepare for the production of new Ford vehicles.

The Lincoln battery electric vehicle will be built off of Rivian's flexible skateboard platform, and will join Ford's plans to build the all-electric Mustang Mach-E and a fully-electric version of the F-150.