Mercedes-Benz and Rivian Announce Electric Van Partnership

Steven Ewing Former managing editor
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
Steven Ewing
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter
Enlarge Image
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

The eSprinter 2.0 previews Mercedes' new electric van technologies.


What's happening

Mercedes-Benz and Rivian will collaborate on the production of new electric vans.

Why it matters

The companies plan to leverage an existing Mercedes-Benz plant in Europe for the production of two vans based on next-generation electric architecture.

What's next

Official details are still TBD; Mercedes-Benz and Rivian have only signed a memorandum of understanding at this time.

and Rivian announced Thursday that the two automakers will partner to build electric vans. At this point, only a memorandum of understanding has been signed, with official binding agreements to come.

The plan is for Mercedes-Benz and Rivian to operate a factory in Europe to produce electric vans. Official details on the location of the plant are TBD, but in a statement the companies said "the target is to build an all-new electric-only production facility leveraging an existing Mercedes-Benz site in Central/Eastern Europe."

Once up and running, Mercedes-Benz and Rivian plan to launch two electric vans. One will be based on Mercedes' new electric van architecture and the other will use Rivian's forthcoming second-generation light van platform. "Further options for increased synergies from the joint venture will also be explored," the companies said.

At the moment, Mercedes-Benz offers the eVito, eSprinter and EQV electric vans outside the US. Beginning in 2025, Mercedes-Benz will move its midsize and large vans to the company's next-gen architecture, which will also be used for this joint venture. Rivian, meanwhile, has its delivery van developed in cooperation with Amazon, but the partnership with Mercedes-Benz will utilize a new EV platform.

Go behind the scenes of the Rivian-built Amazon electric delivery van

See all photos