Mercedes prefers Rivian to Renault for its future electrification services

Mercedes prefers Rivian to Renault for its future electrification services

The Mercedes-Benz subsidiary is currently partnering with Renault for its Citan light utility vehicle, on the same technical basis as the recent third-generation Renault Kangoo (also close to the Nissan Townstar). With its large services on the other hand (Vito, Sprinter), the development of the vehicles was until now assumed 100% internally by the teams of the manufacturer and the stars. Until 2016, Mercedes also sold its Sprinter engine base to Volkswagen, which sold a refreshed model in its utility line, the Crafter. But while this latter is now taking over the technical aspects of Man cars, Mercedes has just announced a new partnership that no one saw coming: the Stuttgart brand will soon marry the Americans Rivian.

The new partnership between Mercedes and Rivian should include the development of a replacement for the current Mercedes Sprinter

Mercedes and Rivian will work on two new 100% electric vans: one will be based on the future “VAN” platform. EA” from Mercedes dedicated to zero-emission models, another evolution of the American manufacturer’s Rivian Light Van design that is already used in a vehicle designed for Amazon. The goal is obviously to integrate the development of these models to reduce their production costs. And it mainly concerns the European market, with the aim of building them on an already existing Mercedes-Benz site somewhere on the Old Continent.

And after?

In an official press release, Mercedes and Rivian note that this new partnership could lead to other collaborations. Note that Rivian is currently also established in the United States with its new electric road models (R1T pick-up and R1S SUV), as well as its massive order of 100,000 vehicles for Amazon. The brand plans to deliver 25,000 vehicles by the end of 2022 and has already registered 98,000 pre-orders for its R1T.