Electric Pickup Truck Startup Rivian Closes $1.3 Billion Funding Round

Rivian has announced that it has closed a funding round of USD 1.3 billion. The financing was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price.

Rivian Funding

Michigan-based electric pickup truck startup Rivian has announced that it has closed an investment/ funding round of USD 1.3 billion. The financing was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Amazon, Ford Motor Company and funds managed by BlackRock also participated in the round.

“This investment demonstrates confidence in our team, products, technology and strategy – we are extremely excited to have the support from such strong shareholders,” said Rivian Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe.

The investment announcement is the firms’ fourth of 2019:

  • In February, EV pickup manufacturer announced a USD 700 million funding round led by Amazon.
  • In April, the firm announced that Ford Motor Company invested USD 500 million and that the companies would collaborate on a vehicle project utilising Rivian’s skateboard platform.
  • In September, Cox Automotive announced its USD 350 million investment in the company, complemented by plans to collaborate on logistics and service.
  • In addition to these investments, in late September, the firm had announced it was collaborating with Amazon on the development of an electric delivery van utilising Rivian’s platform technology and that 100,000 of these vans had been ordered with deliveries starting in 2021.

The company’s launch products, the R1T and R1S, deliver up to 400+ miles of range and provide an unmatched combination of performance, off-road capability and utility. These vehicles use the company’s flexible skateboard platform and will be produced at its manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill., with customer deliveries expected to begin at the end of 2020.

Rivian adopted a “skateboard” platform, but then added its own twist on it and integrated 4 small (but powerful) electric motors which allow a 0-60 m/h sprint in three seconds and carry a payload of 800 kgs. Each motor has 147 kW power capacity at the wheel and the total power output can be configured to different levels from 300 kW to 562 kW ( via input to gearbox).

Another impressive feature is the different power levels that match different choices of battery packs. Rivian trucks have the highest capacity of any other passenger electric vehicle out there ranging from 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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