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.