April 24, 2019 / 12:30 PM / a month ago

Tesla rival Rivian says Ford Motor invests $500 mln in firm

April 24 (Reuters) - U.S. electric pickup truck startup Rivian Automotive LLC said on Wednesday that Ford Motor Co invested $500 million in the company, which is seen as one of the major rivals to Tesla Inc.

Investors led by Amazon.com Inc put $700 million into Rivian in February.

Ford and Rivian will jointly develop a battery electric vehicle using Rivian's platform, Rivian said.

A Ford representative will also join the seven-member board of Rivian. (Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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