The Amazon and Ford backed Rivian pure electric pickup may be built in Britain at a new energy park planned in the West Country.
The proposed Gravity Park a few miles north east of Bridgewater and adjacent to the M5 has been earmarked for the potential £1 Billion investment, reported Sky News.
The project is being courted by German and Netherlands Governments as well so there is no guarantee it would be built in Britain over the next few years, but it has as good a chance as anywhere else.
For now, Rivian will import their American-assembled Tesla PU rival to commence sales in the autumn with a SUV version quickly following.
Amazon has ordered van versions for deliveries in the US and could use them in the UK and Europe so the timing of the investment and build programme may be ideal for the new van to be assembled in the UK. Rivian has previously shown a sports car based on the ev platform so this could also be added to the range in future.
Sky News said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken a keen interest in the progress of the talks, as the environmentally friendly investment in the UK is a key part of Johnson’s plan for post-Brexit Britain and his climate agenda.