Rivian has launched a video that reveals a busy Regular, Illinois, plant constructing R1T pickups, R1S SUVs, and EDV 500/700 vans on two separate meeting traces.
The video options CEO RJ Scaringe as a tour information strolling viewers via every store to elucidate how Rivian’s electrical autos are constructed at scale.
The EV startup has confronted its fair proportion of issues in current months, together with a gradual manufacturing ramp-up resulting in supply delays and numerous elements shortages, particularly semiconductors. Rivian additionally made an uninspired transfer on March 1 when it introduced important value will increase that proved so unpopular with reservation holders that the corporate was pressured to backtrack and solely apply them to new orders.
Talking of the hefty value will increase, many analysts, business consultants and rival executives consider Rivian’s R1T and R1S are considerably underpriced even with the current value hikes and the corporate is dropping cash on each pickup and SUV offered.
Be that as it might, the corporate’s manufacturing facility in Regular, Illinois, appears fairly busy on this promotional video, sending an optimistic message relating to the way forward for the corporate.
In it, we get a take a look at the stamping store, the place six massive presses are forming the physique panels for the R1S, R1T and industrial vans; these presses can construct physique sides, smaller interior panels or structural panels.
RJ Scaringe then turns our consideration to the 2 physique retailers, one for the R1 autos and one for the EDV 500 and EDV 700 vans. The industrial van physique store is a brand new addition to the constructing on which building started a yr in the past and it is fitted with big robots that are wanted to govern the huge physique panels.
We additionally get to see the paint store which not solely paints R1 and industrial autos but additionally electrostatically coats the skateboard platforms and battery enclosure. It is a state-of-the-art facility that may swap between colours with none must purge the system because it makes use of a canister-based course of.
The video covers the drive unit meeting space as nicely, the place the gearbox, inverter and motor are assembled, adopted by the battery store the place the packs are put collectively.
The our bodies, drivetrains and different elements—about 2,000 of them from roughly 400 suppliers for R1 autos—then attain the overall meeting space. Truly, there are two normal meeting areas, one for the R1S and R1T and one for the industrial van.
After the automobile is absolutely assembled, it reaches the tip of line space for calibration and checks earlier than the ultimate inspection for physique match and total high quality. The above video serves as a reminder of how a lot Rivian has achieved in such a brief time frame; keep in mind we’re speaking about an organization that constructed its first automobiles in September 2021.