Ford gets in bed with ambitious electric car marker Rivian

Ford's curious interplay with the world of electric cars is about to enter another curious phase. 

Overnight, the firm announced a big US$500m (NZ$758m) investment in start-up electric-car company Rivian. 

That name should ring a bell. Rivian got plenty of tongues wagging when they revealed their R1T fully electric double-cab pick-up. With a barely believable claimed torque figure of 14,000Nm, a range of more than 640km, and a unique 'skateboard' ethos, it quickly became a vehicle — and a company — packed with buzz. And naturally comparisons with Tesla were swift.

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