9,395 Vehicle Output in 1st Quarter
Rivian had an impressive showing in their first quarter of 2023, surpassing the projected production and delivery figures. The EVs manufacturer affirmed they are well on the way towards hitting their goal of 50,000 units produced this year. During the January-March time span, the R1T, R1S, and EDV commissioned for Amazon Prime exclusively were respectively manufactured 9,395 times in total, as opposed to the anticipated 8,752 vehicles.
Evidencing its come-back from a challenging 2022 wherein numerous supply issues were confronted, the automaker has so far supplied 7,946 automobiles to customers in this present year.
In spite of the recent gain in production, Rivian is yet to move out of a potentially difficult situation. Recently, Amazon diminished the sum of vans they wished to acquire this year, which consequently drove down the worth of Rivian’s stocks. Since the beginning of the year, this stock value has plummeted by close to 15%.
Rivian is hoping to reassess their contract with the renowned retailer, enabling them to find extra purchasers that would make up for any production disparity. The accord was initially for creating and supplying 100,000 electric delivery vans over a ten-year period. Since February of 2021, these EDVs have been engaging in action in LA, shipping a total of more than 10 million packages.
Rivian is evidently forging full-speed ahead operating until an agreement is reached. Claims have been circuited from top brass at the firm that it may be achievable to bump up production figure in 2021 to a possible 62,000 vehicles, pending matters going according to strategy. Such a goal is considerably ambitious, notwithstanding that there is only one factory residing in Normal, Illinois. Conversely, another facility is in the process of being created in Georgia, presuming its operation will start no earlier than 2024. It’s apparent then that the existing plant is scrutinized with high standards for performance.
Rivian has expressed intent to increase second-shift activities in Illinois as a means of maintaining shipments on track, although things can still quickly fluctuate; the supply struggles have been lessened, though they haven’t quite vanished yet. Despite that it’s constructive that production at Rivian is running smoothly, there is still another major problem at play: money. To be frank, Rivian has an exorbitant cash flow and each vehicle sold accumulates losses. A few pivotal staff members have left the business as well, and lately, as a measure of protecting their financial foothold, Rivian has been compelled to make deep job cuts.
Rivian has racked up an impressive amount of progress in the short span of time. This past year, 2021, it rolled out just over 1,000 automobiles. 2023 could turn into a critical period of assembly as the EV market continues to propel ahead with Ford (who recently downsized its ownership of Rivian to about 1%) and other longstanding companies also intensifying electrification campaigns.