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Breaking: Amazon-backed Rivian files for $80B IPO

Electric vehicle maker expects shares to start trading around Thanksgiving

Electric vehicle maker Rivian has filed for an IPO that could value the company as much as $80 billion. (Photo: Amazon)

Electric vehicle maker Rivian has confirmed it has filed confidentially with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering that could value the company at $80 billion, according to reports.

“The size and price range for the proposed offering have yet to be determined,” the company said in a statement issued to the media. “The initial public offering is expected to take place after the SEC completes its review process, subject to market and other conditions.”

Bloomberg was first to report the news Friday morning, citing “people familiar with the matter.” In the report, the news outlet said the company hoped to do the IPO around Thanksgiving at a valuation of $80 billion.

Rivian has raised more than $10.5 billion from Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), T. Rowe Price Associates and Fidelity, among others.

In the fall of 2019, Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from the Southern California-based startup, following an initial $700 million investment from the e-tailer earlier that year.

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Prior to that date, Rivian had positioned itself as an adventure vehicle maker, focused on an electric pickup truck, the Rivian R1T, and an electric SUV, the Rivian R1S. In October 2020, Rivian released a prototype of the Amazon vehicle, with delivery expected to begin at the end of the year. Some of the initial vehicles are now on the roads.

Rivian’s R1T is a pickup truck with an expected range of more than 300 miles at launch with a 400-plus range model to follow shortly thereafter. The company said its 0-to-60 time will be as quick as 3 seconds depending on tire selection and it will be able to tow up to 11,000 pounds (with a 50% reduction in range at max towing).

The R1S is a seven-seat sport utility vehicle, also with a 300-plus mile range and up to 7,700 pounds of towing capability.

The company is in talks with officials in Fort Worth, Texas, and Mesa, Arizona, about building a $5 billion factory that would produce 200,000 vehicles a year.

Jim Chen, Rivian’s vice president of public policy, said in an email to FreightWaves that the company is talking with several locations for its second plant.

“Rivian is in discussions with multiple locations as part of a competitive process for siting a second manufacturing facility. This may include Rivian being involved in certain public-facing processes at potential locations. Involvement in these processes does not indicate a final decision,” Jim Chen, vice president of public policy for Rivian, said in an email to FreightWaves earlier this month.

Amazon began testing Rivian vans in March in the San Francisco area. The vans, which feature a 150-mile range on a single charge, three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door that can be opened and closed for additional driver protection while on the road, and a suite of highway and traffic assist technologies, are being driven by Amazon employees.

Amazon expects to have 10,000 Rivian vans on the road by 2022 and the full 100,000 order by 2030.

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]