With the objective to set the standard in sustainable, all-electric transportation, Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced it has signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with Rivian for a strategic partnership and joint production of bespoke, large electric vans for both companies. 

Benz says, “[We] intend to establish a new joint venture manufacturing company to invest in and operate a factory in Europe to produce large electric vans for both Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian, starting in a few years.”

“We believe that, together, we will produce truly remarkable vans”

The companies say they envisage production-optimised vehicle designs for efficient manufacturing on common assembly lines. The firms will produce two large vans. These include an electric van based on Merc’s VAN.EA (MB Vans Electric Architecture) and a model built on Rivian’s Light Van (RLV) platform. 

“Rivian was created to encourage the world to transition away from fossil fuel consumption by creating compelling products and services. We’re delighted to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz on this project. Mercedes-Benz is one of the world’s best known and respected automotive companies, and we believe that together we will produce truly remarkable electric vans which will benefit not only our customers but the planet,” said RJ Scaringe, chief executive officer of Rivian.

Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, added: “As a pioneer in the field of locally emission-free transportation, Mercedes-Benz Vans has gained broad experience in producing and launching eVans since 2010. Now we are accelerating the transformation to a fully electric product portfolio.

“From 2025 onwards, all vans based on our new architecture VAN.EA will be electric-only. I am delighted that as part of this transformation we are now joining forces with Rivian — a highly dynamic and inspiring partner with a strong technology position. We are sharing investments and technology because we also share the same strategic ambition: accelerating the electrification of the van market with sustainable and superior products for our customers.”