Mercedes-Benz enters an electrifying new partnership.
When it comes to sustainable, electric-powered transportation, cars aren’t the only vehicle to be concerned about. Our automotive world, which has become integral to modern society, is full of SUVs, trucks, vans, and other vehicles that contribute every day to the world’s happenings, and while we are beginning to see the transition being made towards electric cars, other types of vehicles have understandably been a bit slower to adapt to the new change, because they have many different requirements as to what to move and how to move it. When it comes to pickup trucks and SUVs electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian was one of the earliest significant players, and it has made great strides as a brand, which makes it the perfect partner for Mercedes-Benz to help electrify its prolific line of vans.
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The strategic partnership was forged through signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two brands, and it lays out that the partnership aims to “set the standard in sustainable and all-electric transportation.” Through the partnership, new vans for Mercedes-Benz and for Rivian will be made in a joint venture, with shared investments and costs, and the ability to produce more vans than either party could on its own. Two large vans will come from the venture, one based on VAN.EA, which is Mercedes-Benz’s electric van architecture, and one based on the Rivian Light Van platform. For Mercedes-Benz, success has already been achieved with its initial electric vans, with the second generation eSprinter coming in 2023, and Mercedes-Benz plans in 2025 to create mid-size and large vans with a new architecture that are only electric. With a new partnership, Mercedes-Benz and Rivian plan to shock the transportation world.