E-Vehicle Models Accelerating Choice

Lincoln's 2022 Electric SUV

Source:  Rivian.  Top - e-platform.  Bottom - Rivian  R1S SUV

Startup Rivian  Forging the Way with Unique E-Vehicle Platform
Reports indicate that Lincoln will be a big beneficiary of Ford's $500 million investment in Detroit e-vehicle startup Rivian.  Amazon is also investing in the company.  Lincoln is expected to use Rivian's skateboard-styled platform for a Lincoln electric SUV coming out in 2022.  This would be the first example of Ford's plans to co-develop a vehicle based on Rivian's electric car platform.

Rivian's e-Vehicles
Rivian's platform is a highly modular, battery-electric design.  It resembles a skateboard.  The system can deliver up to 700 horsepower.  It fits batteries up to 180 kilowatt hours in size.  Rivian is using the platform for its own R1T pick-up truck and R1S SUV that will go into production in late 2020.  Rivian says the SUV gets 400 miles in range.  And in 30 minutes, the batteries charge to add 200 more miles in range.

Ford Going Electric
Ford is significantly investing in electric vehicles.  In fact, it is separately developing its own electric vehicle platform.  One was just unveiled on the Ford 2021 Mustang Mach-E, the all electric SUV based on the iconic Mustang brand. 


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