Ford will invest $ 500 million in the development of electric SUV and pickups

Ford will invest $ 500 million in the development of electric SUV and pickups

April 24, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Concern Ford entered into an agreement with the American startup Rivian, in which partners will be engaged in the joint development of new electric cars and batteries

Ford entered into an agreement with the American startup Rivian, engaged in the development of electric pickups and SUVs. The size of the concern’s investments in a young company will be approximately $ 500 million, the automaker’s press service reports.

The agreement provides for the joint development of next-generation batteries, as well as the creation of “completely new” electrical models for which there is no data yet. Earlier it was reported that Ford intends to concentrate on the production of SUVs and pickups, including electric ones. In particular, the concern is developing a “green” version of its bestseller – the F-150.

As for the firm Rivian, then it became known at the end of 2018, when the Americans presented their first development – the pickup RT1. The car received an independent double-lever suspension in front and a multi-link rear, as well as pneumatic adaptive shock absorbers, thanks to which the ground clearance can vary from 200 to 340 mm. The design of the bottom of the pickup used carbon and Kevlar, designed to protect the battery pack.

In each of the wheels of the pickup is installed on the electric motor, which develops 200 horsepower. In the top-end configuration with batteries for 180 kWh, the total output of the units is 765 liters. with. and 1,120 Nm of torque. The pickup can accelerate from zero to 96 km / h in three seconds, and its maximum speed is 201 km per hour. The battery reserve is enough to drive up to 650 kilometers without recharging.

In addition, the Rivian RT1 will be available in versions with 105 and 135 kWh batteries, the power reserve of which will be 370 and 480 km, respectively. Subsequently, the Rivian showed another development – a large seven-seater SUV RS1, which received units with similar characteristics.