Rivian produced a skosh in excess of 1,000 electric vehicles in 2021

U.S. electric automaker Rivian announced Monday it produced 1,015 vehicles in 2021 — a figure that is in accordance with assumptions that the organization brought down a month ago.

Rivian delivered 920 vehicles before the finish of 2021, as indicated by a release issued Monday. The production and delivery numbers joined with a WSJ report that Rivian’s COO left the organization last month sent shares down. Rivian shares shut 5.6% lower Monday to $81.44; shares fell another 3.3% in after market trading.

Rivian has more than 71,000 “pre-orders” (which means refundable reservations) for its R1T pickup trucks, as indicated by its letter to shareholders posted in December.

Rivian had at first designated production of 1,200 vehicles before the year’s over. Last month, organization executives including CEO RJ Scaringe cut those expectations, saying it would probably fall a couple hundred vehicles short because of supply chain issues and challenges of battery production.

During its earnings call in December, Scaringe referred to the production as a complex orchestra on two events.

“In ramping up a production system like this, it is, as I said before, a really complex orchestra,” Scaringe said. “So you have hundreds of suppliers providing thousands of parts, thousands of robots within the production facility operating to prescribe movements, and then thousands of team members assembling and working to put the vehicles together.”

Regardless of that brought down target, Scaringe noted during that call that the organization is “ramping largely as expected.”

“The battery constraint is really an artifact of just bringing up a highly automated line,” he said in December. “And as I said, that doesn’t represent any long-term challenges for us. We have a second line that’s coming on that will put the battery module production way out in front in terms of capacity of the other areas of the plant.”

As Rivian competitions to slope production, set up automakers GM and Ford are planning to launch their own electric pickup trucks. Ford said January 4 it will almost double production capacity of its upcoming electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck to 150,000 vehicles per year by mid-2023 because of customer demand. The first deliveries of F-150 Lightning pickup trucks are expected in spring 2022.


Tesla initiates its chargers to different electric vehicles

Tesla is opening up its charging networks to other electric vehicles for the first time.

The organization has more than 25,000 “supercharger” locations, making it the biggest charging network in the world.

Its pilot scheme will begin with 10 locations in the Netherlands as part of the organization’s push to take electric vehicles standard.

The vehicle creator, owned by Elon Musk, trusts ultimately to grow the scheme “worldwide”.

“It’s always been our ambition to open the supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs (electric vehicles), and by doing so, encourage more drivers to go electric,” a Tesla spokesman said.

“This move directly supports our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

The chargers will work with any electric vehicle that includes a combined charging system (CCS) port.

Such systems are used by global makers, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz creator Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen group.

Non-Tesla drivers who need to use one of the organization’s supercharger stations should download its application and make an account.

Clients can then look for “non-Tesla” locations. In any case, there will likewise be extra costs for those with non-Tesla drivers.

The organization sold 241,391 Tesla vehicles in the third quarter of 2021 which assisted it with accomplishing a market worth of $1 trillion (£733bn) this week.

It became the fifth such firm to arrive at the achievement.

Just Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google-owner Alphabet had previously arrived at that milestone valuation.


Toyota will present its first all-electric vehicles in the US this year

Following quite a while of opposing every electric vehicle, Toyota declared on Wednesday intends to make a big appearance its first mass-market all-electric vehicles in the United States later this year.

In a proclamation, Toyota said that the three new models will incorporate two battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) and one plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The organization — which, starting at 2020, was the world’s top selling automaker — additionally promoted the environmentally-friendly effect of the new vehicles, refering to its conviction that the “fastest way to lower greenhouse gases in the transportation sector is to offer drivers lower carbon choices that meet their needs.”

“We keep on being pioneers in charge that started with our spearheading presentation of the Prius almost 25 years back,” Bob Carter, Toyota North America’s leader VP of deals, said in the proclamation. “Toyota’s new electric item contributions will give clients numerous decisions of powertrain that best suits their requirements.”

While Toyota has for quite some time been one of the worldwide pioneers of cross breed vehicles, most remarkably for the Prius, which it appeared in Japan in 1997, it has since quite a while ago opposed going all-electric.

In Wednesday’s statement, the organization defended its previous decision to avoid all-electric, guaranteeing that its internal research had at first discovered the complete greenhouse gas emissions of all-electric and hybrid vehicles to be “roughly the same … when factoring in pollutants created by electricity production for the average US energy grid used to charge batteries.”

Yet, the organization’s choice to accept all-electric finally — alongside General Motors’ new declaration that it intends to turn out 30 new global electric vehicles by 2025 — is a decent indication of where the wind is blowing nowadays.