Rivian to provide skateboard chassis for electric Lincoln SUV

Last November, Rivian turned heads with its prototype pickup and SUV. Among those impressed was Ford, which invested $500 million in the EV startup and said it would use Rivian’s custom “skateboard” chassis, which includes electric motors, batteries, controls and suspension, to develop its own EV.

Now Ford has announced that its first skateboard vehicle will be an all-wheel-drive Lincoln SUV, to be launched in mid-2022 (remember, Rivian plans to begin production of its own R1S SUV in early 2021).

Unnamed sources told Reuters that the new ESUV will be among the first of several Lincoln EVs planned for the North American and Chinese markets. The automaker hopes to introduce a compact Lincoln electric crossover in late 2021 or early 2022, and a mid-size model in 2023.

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Source: Reuters

  • Jon Carr

    Ford moves so slow. Kudos on the Mustang EV.

  • More2bits

    Lot of skateboards out there. VW is making theirs available (MEB platform) and others are too.

  • Kevin Stiffler

    Assuming a skateboard design incorporates the same attributes of traditional body on frame design it is going to be interesting to see how it stacks up to the unibody design incorporated by Tesla in both their cars as well as Cybertruck.

  • SJC

    The skateboard chassis was pioneered by GM many decades ago.

    • Jonathan Coolidge

      But they sat on it, doing nothing but a cool-looking concept, while they cranked out the same basic cars ever since. They introduced a fuel cell concept skateboard around 1990 or so. But, it took the Tesla Model S in 2012 to get a battery-electric version of the skateboard out of concept “someday” and into production, both with Tesla and with other manufacturers who see the advantages of the design.