Rivian Electric Vehicles

Founded in 2009 by its CEO RJ Scaringe, an MIT graduate who holds a Ph.D. in automotive manufacturing. The start-up hailed from Florida but moved to Normal, Illinois in 2016 in anticipation of acquiring a scuttled Mitsubishi plant. Rivian Automotive strives to reimagine how vehicles are developed, manufactured and sold. The company currently employs around 100 employees and includes some industry veterans, such as:

  • Chief Engineer – Lawrence Achram, a Chrysler Executive who worked on the Chrysler 300 and Crossfire;
  • Electric Powertrain Developer – Gary Glovceri from Magna who developed the powertrain for the Ford Focus Electric;
  • Design – Larry Erickson, a chief designer at GM and Ford;
  • Winfield Coachman, a program manager from A123 Energy Storage and Chrysler.
Rivian received capital from a mystery investor. The 2.6 million square foot plant has a capacity of 240,000 units per annum.

Future Rivian Electric vehicles

Rivian Electric Car Strategy in the news

2018 Week 34 Rivian platform specifications

Rivian plans to bring two models to market in 2020 codenamed A1T and A1C, of which A1T is a pickup truck type, and A1C is a 7-seat SUV model. The A1T body size will be smaller than the Ford F150, similar to Nissan Navarra. The A1C SUV shares more than 90% of the components of the A1T pickup. Rivian states that the A1T model can travel at a depth of 1 meter, with a ground clearance of 36cm and a maximum approach angle of 45°. Also, the pickup accelerates from 0-62mph in only 2.8 seconds and has a cruising range is 452miles (724km). Both the A1T and A1C advanced driving assistance systems are rated as SAE Level 3.

2018 Week 21 Rivian raises $200 million for EV production

Rivian Automotive secured $200 million in debt financing from Standard Chartered Bank this week to commence EV production at its plant in Illinois, USA. The latest funding brings total funding in the company to nearly $500 million as it gears up to produce its first EVs in 2020. Rivian plans to roll-out an EV Pick-up truck and SUV from 2020, competing with the likes of local competitors Tesla, Bollinger and Workhorse which all plans to sell electric pick-ups by that time. The A1T (Truck) and A1C will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. The price range for the A1T and A1C will range between $50k and $90k.

2018 Week 2 Rivian EV plans clearer

A year ago I reported on a stealthy EV-startup, Rivian Automotive acquiring a mothballed Mitsibushi assembly plant in Illinois. The past week Rivian Automotive lifted the veil slightly on its plans through a launch of a marketing campaign. Rivian announced that it will come to market by 2020 with two EV models, a seven-seater SUV, and a five-seater pick-up. Appart from looking more than an extreme sports site the automaker’s website does not provide more information other than that the AWD vehicles will be connected and equipped with advanced self-driving, accelerating to 60mph in under 4 seconds and have a wading depth of 3 feet.

The site also mentions that the vehicles will have a massive lockable storage capacity and innovative cargo management solutions. Judging from the team of experts available to the company which includes Dodge Viper designer Tom Gale and former McLaren engineer Mark Vinnels the start-up has a fighting chance.

2017 Week 1 Rivian Automotive acquires Mitsubishi's plant in Illinois

An Illinois-based start-up Rivian Automotive moves into old Mitsubishi plant which it closed with a full loss of employment opportunities to the Normal County in 2015. The newcomer hopes to invest $175 million in developing electric and autonomous vehicles which would create employment opportunities for 1,000 people. Rivian announced that it would unveil its first model later this year and start production in 2019.


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