Mercedes-Benz and Rivian are putting on hold a planned collaboration to build electric vans in Europe that was signed just three months ago, the two companies said, as the U.S.-based electric-vehicle maker focuses on its domestic business.
Mercedes-Benz Vans and Rivian in September signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture to produce two large, full-electric vans in a factory in Central or Eastern Europe within the next few years.
The vans were to have been built on a joint production line at a Jawor, Poland, with one based on Mercedes' coming VAN.EA platform and the other based on the Rivian Light Van electric platform.
But the project has been paused indefinitely, the two companies said Monday. Mercedes in a news release cited Rivian’s “ongoing reprioritization of projects.”
Rivian said it will focus on its consumer and existing commercial business as it tries to become cash flow-positive in its U.S. operations.
"At this point in time, we believe focusing on our consumer business, as well as our existing commercial business, represent the most attractive near-term opportunities to maximize value for Rivian," Chief Executive Officer RJ Scaringe said in Rivian’s statement.
Rivian's commercial business includes the automaker's RCV platform that underpins the Amazon van that Rivian is building in Illinois. The company has a contract to supply 100,000 electric delivery vans to the e-commerce giant, its biggest investor.