Rivian Automotive and its (former) McLaren execs present their EV strategy. An electric pick-up is due by 2020 plus an electric SUV with three rows of seats. Both electric vehicles will feature a level of autonomy as well.
Rivian had bought a former Mitsubishi facility in Illinois recently and wants to start producing electric cars there from 2019 (we reported). The idea to make it into the car industry is as old as 2013, when Rivian founder RJ Scaringe first issued plans for a fuel-saving sports car.
However, only now that he managed to win over former McLaren executives like Antony Sheriff (CEO), engineer Mark Vinnels, or the designer of the original Dodge Viper, Tom Gale, the business is getting up to speed. Also because of the investment of an anonymous spender.
Not much has been said on the first two EVs by Rivian other than that they are targeting an out-door type of person and they will sit on a platform developed in-house.
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