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Rivian Automotive Inc. is 20% owned by Amazon (Sept 2021).

All-electric Rivian R1T named MotorTrend’s 2022 Truck of the Year

Rivian R1T

MotorTrend named the all-electric Rivian R1T the publication’s 2022 Truck of the Year, beating out other pickups from Ford, General Motors, and Hyundai.

Rivian is also the first automaker to deliver a fully electric pickup truck.

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“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.

Rivian R1T

Elsewhere » MotorTrend / Electric Cars Report / The Detroit Bureau / Business Insider

PM Boris Johnson pledges legal help to woo EV giant Rivian to the UK

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.

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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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Elsewhere » The Telegraph

Ford and Rivian abandon plans to build EVs together

After it’s IPO went wild this month, Rivian Automotive is now worth almost 50 percent more than Ford Motor Co., one of it’s early investors.

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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.

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“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.

Ford believes it will be building 600,000 EVs annually within two years.

 

 

Lucid, Rivian, Hyundai among finalists for North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

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.

Rivian R1T

Rivian R1T

Finalists for the North American Truck of the Year include the Rivian R1T, along with gas-powered Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Finalists for the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year include the Hyundai IONIQ 5, along with gas-powered Ford Bronco and Genesis GV70.

North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Reveals Finalists for 2022 Awards »

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