The electrification of the automotive industry has prompted manufacturers to look for solutions to develop this technology at an affordable price. So from time to time there will be announcements like the one we bring to you today.Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz partners with American Rivian and vice versa. As they explain, the goal behind this “union” is simple: Designs, develops and sells electric vans…

However, after this declaration of intent, endless doubts arose.First, and most obviously, we were surprised Benz These Dropped the development of these vehicles with the former partner of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The second is also obvious, what benefits do they gain by aligning with Rivian? Especially since it’s a young and still volatile company. Well, you’ll see that everything has an obvious explanation.

Currently, neither Mercedes-Benz nor Rivian have announced when production of their electric vans will begin…

Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian start partnership to produce electric vans

As we all know, Mercedes-Benz is working on a new generation of electric vans. To do this, it assembled a technical team to design a platform. It’s called VAN.EA (MB Vans Electric Architecture), and it’s almost ready for a trial run. In fact, as a result of this collaboration with Rivian, they hope to build a van that unfolds in two. That is, one version is for the star’s house and the other is for the Yankees.

For its part, Rivian to provide second-generation Rivian Light Van (RLV) base to its Stuttgart partners. They will also build a van on it, which, like the previous one, will also fold into two versions. However, these developments will not be the only ones.According to their respective press releases, they will take further steps to explore other options Increase the joint venture synergies they will create.

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as they are in their official press release

“The joint venture reflects the common goals of Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian: both companies plan to Rapidly expanding electric van production Help the world transition to cleaner transportation.By working together, they will be able to leverage operational synergies and significantly improve Cost-effectiveness to help make trucks more affordable For enterprise customers driven by total cost of ownership »

However, behind all the “fanfare” of their alliance, there are some “loose fringes”. first, It is unclear how the process of establishing this new joint venture is progressing. The second is that they haven’t announced when it will launch Production of these electric vansThat’s what the norm says, they say, and they have to obey the authorities so they can get their company approved. Regarding the second one, note…

They say they have…

“Intends to invest and operate a factory in Europe in a few years to produce large electric vans for Mercedes-Benz vans and Rivian. The goal is to Building a new all-electric production plant Leverage existing Mercedes-Benz plants in Central and Eastern Europe »

We will have to wait a little longer because Don’t know what your deadlines are, everything hangs in the balance. who knows what…

Source – Mercedes-Benz – Rivian