Rivian had mentioned it expects to begin delivering its truck, the R1T, in September and its S.U.V., the R1S, later this yr. The most cost effective mannequin of the truck prices $67,500 and the S.U.V. $70,000. Within the submitting, the corporate mentioned that, as of Sept. 30, it had roughly 48,390 orders for its truck and S.U.V. in the USA and Canada from clients who every paid a cancelable and refundable deposit of $1,000.
The Rivian fashions are a part of a wave of electrical autos coming into the market to problem Tesla. Earlier this yr, Ford Motor started promoting an electrical sport utility automobile, the Mustang Mach-E, whereas Volkswagen rolled out an electrical S.U.V. of its personal, the ID.4. Ford is poised so as to add an electrical model of its widespread F-150 pickup truck subsequent yr. The F-150 is a piece truck and wouldn’t compete straight with Rivian’s truck, which is marketed extra as a leisure automobile.
One other firm, Lucid Motors, headed by a former Tesla government, Peter Rawlinson, is near beginning deliveries of a luxurious sedan, the Lucid Air, that’s able to touring as much as 520 miles on a single cost of its battery pack, about 100 miles farther than the longest-range mannequin from Tesla. Like Tesla’s Mannequin S and Mannequin X, the Air is geared toward rich consumers, costing $169,000 earlier than federal and state incentives.
Lucid is valued at almost $40 billion on the inventory market.
Extra E.V.s are set to observe. Basic Motors is making ready to begin promoting the battery-powered GMC Hummer and Cadillac Lyriq S.U.V.s, and it is usually engaged on an electrical pickup truck of its personal. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai and different automakers are additionally including new E.V.s to the fray.
Success for Rivian could possibly be a long-lasting increase to the financial system across the firm’s essential production facility in Normal, Ill. The corporate employs 2,500 staff there, and expects to finally double the top rely.
By doing a standard I.P.O., Rivian has chosen a special route onto the inventory market than Lucid, Nikola and Lordstown, which all turned public corporations by merging with a particular goal acquisition firm, or SPAC, that was already on the inventory market. Many SPACs have been arrange because the begin of final yr, however critics say the offers provide small traders fewer protections than a traditional I.P.O.