rivian has just started production of its R1T electric pickup and is working to start manufacturing R1S SUV’s, Not an easy task and we already know that the delivery time is getting longer. After all, it’s not easy for a new manufacturer to get their first model series produced and running. For example, Tesla knows this very well. Suffice it to recall the many problems with the start of production of the Model 3.
However, Rivian has always been very clear on your expansion plans, We already know that sales of its new models in Europe should start in 2022. In addition, for some time there has been talk of the possibility that the American manufacturer behind investors of Amazon’s caliber, can open a factory in the old continent,
Recently, there was talk of the possibility that this plant could be made in the UK. In particular, some reports claimed that the factory could be manufactured land near bristol And that there were some preliminary talks going on between Rivian and the British government. However, there is a problem. The American manufacturer would be forced to build a factory from scratch. This will be a very important investment.
According to a recent report by Sky News, boris johnson He must have informed the top of the company that he was working on a special package of tax relief, The goal would obviously be to persuade the company to open a factory near Bristol. However, in this conversation Holland also entered,
There will already be a ready factory
Confirmation from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs that talks are underway with the US company. Compared to the UK, in the Netherlands There will already be a factory ready that Rivian can take for production of its vehicles. interest will be directed to VDL Nedcar Production Site, a contract manufacturer that today produces some models of the BMW Group, including some variants of the X1 and MINI. However, the agreement with the BMW Group is due to expire in 2023 and will not be renewed.
The plant’s owner, VDL Group, must then find a new customer to either keep the plant open or sell it. According to some rumours, Rivian may get a chance to buy this factory. Clearly, canu too had set its sights on this site for the production of its vehicles. However, the company said that it has stopped talks.
On the other hand, VDL Nedcar claims to be in talks with their companies. If Rivian did not completely acquire VDL Nedcar, but only the production lines used by BMW, production of both US companies would also be conceivable. So it will be very interesting to understand how the talks will proceed. The objective fact is that Rivian intends to build a factory in the old continent. We will probably find out the exact location in the next few months.
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