Rivian (the Michigan-located EV startup) has declared big spending from Ford and Amazon since last year. Simultaneously, the startup has increased in size more than 2 times since previous spring, and now provides work for 750 people. The firm has appointed dozens of workers from McLaren, Ford, and Tesla, as per hundreds of LinkedIn profiles, though the largest contributor is a fizzling potential rival, Faraday Future. Rivian has appointed almost 50 ex-Faraday Future workers, comprising minimum 34 since the grappling startup put employees on unpaid leave late in 2018.
Plus, the media has learned that Rivian lately hired its first chief technology officer—Mike Bell. He is a longtime Apple VP who assisted bring the iPhone to the users.
The appointments display that the race to bring the initial electric long-range pickup truck to market is getting intense. Rivian seems to be making a solid effort to overtake firms such as Tesla, Ford, and GM to market. Fraction of that, certainly, means appointing away their experts.
Rivian’s director of corporate communications, Michael McHale, verified Bell’s appointment to the media. As for the remaining of the appointments, McHale claimed that Rivian is going through the “natural appointing procedure and is always seeking for individuals with the correct skills.”
Established in 2009, Rivian invested almost 10 Years in radio silence till previous last spring. It was only then that RJ Scaringe (Rivian CEO and founder) started laying out his objectives for the startup.
On a related note, Rivian is recognized for making efforts in battery tech. The firm is planning “Rivian-to-Rivian” charging, which will let its cars to charge one another, and it developed a camp stove accessory that takes benefit of the battery pack of the car. Now, the firm needs wants to turn its old batteries into a power storage system in Puerto Rico for a solar power microgrid.