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Rivian is also the first automaker to deliver a fully electric pickup truck.
“Rivian re-examined what a modern pickup could be and the result is the most remarkable truck MotorTrend has ever driven, making it arguably the worthiest recipient of the ‘Golden Calipers’ in recent history,” the release said.
MotorTrend said the Rivian R1T excelled in each of its six key criteria: safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, and performance of intended function.
Other finalists for MotorTrend’s truck of the year were the Ford Maverick, GMC Hummer EV and Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Sky News is reporting UK Prime Minister has written Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe promising the government would use a special development order to facilitate the rapid construction of a new manufacturing plant at a site near Bristol, England.
In the letter, details of which have been shared with Sky News, Mr Johnson said that government officials had been instructed to devise a “bespoke incentives package” to encourage Rivian to give the green light to the UK project.
The PM added that the government would use a special development order (SDO), a rarely used legal power aimed at enabling rapid planning decisions, to facilitate Rivian’s use of the site, called Gravity.
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The two companies have scrapped plans to jointly develop an EV, Ford CEO Jim Farley told Automotive News. Ford already had canceled a planned Lincoln collaboration at the start of the coronavirus pandemic but still intended to work with Rivian on a different vehicle until recently.
“Right now, we have growing confidence in our ability to win in the electric space,” Farley said in an interview Thursday. “When you compare today with when we originally made that investment, so much has changed: about our ability, about the brand’s direction in both cases, and now it’s more certain to us what we have to do. We want to invest in Rivian — we love their future as a company — but at this point we’re going to develop our own vehicles.”
Ford is so confident in its abilities that it’s doubling its planned EV production capacity to 600,000 globally by the end of 2023, Farley said. The company aims to become the largest U.S. EV maker after Tesla in the same time frame, Farley said, and to challenge Tesla’s leadership after planned EV campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky come online several years later.
“We respect Rivian and have had extensive exploratory discussions with them,” a spokesperson told Reuters. “However, both sides have agreed not to pursue any kind of joint vehicle development or platform sharing.”
Ford owns about 12% of California-based EV maker Rivian, which went public on Nov. 10 and already is worth 1-1/2 times more than the 118-year-old Michigan automaker.
Finalists for the North American Car of the Year include the Lucid Air, along side the gas-powered Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf Mk VIII.
Finalists for the North American Truck of the Year include the Rivian R1T, along with gas-powered Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Finalists for the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year include the Hyundai IONIQ 5, along with gas-powered Ford Bronco and Genesis GV70.