Lightning round with Rivian's RJ Scaringe
Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe is sounding upbeat this week — and why not.
Why it matters: Investors have rewarded the electric truck maker for reining in spending, meeting delivery goals and accelerating production of its SUV.
- Scaringe talked with Axios Pro this week as his company announced it would begin offering a green-charging upgrade with its vehicles.
Catch up fast: Rivian yesterday announced a commitment to buy 100 MW of electricity from a sprawling solar plant in Kentucky.
- Instead of funneling that energy to a factory — the traditional approach — Rivian is using it to zero out customer emissions.
What they're saying: "This project will allow some of our vehicles to achieve carbon-free charging throughout their life," Scaringe tells Axios.
- "This is part of a mosaic of projects that we’re going to be working to bring online."
- Rivian's stock price dipped near the single digits in April.
The latest: The company's stock this morning was trading around $25 — a fraction of its 2021 debut, but a price it hasn't seen since last year.
- "We're continuing to ramp those deliveries," Scaringe says.
- "This is being designed as a fossil-free plant," Scaringe says. "Things that have typically been done with natural gas — ovens and paint and some of the curing processes — we’re moving to electric processes."
👀 What we're watching: Rivian is taking an unusually holistic approach to the EV space — decarbonizing factories, cutting charging emissions and eyeing ways for its trucks to support the electric grid.
- Those could open new revenue streams — but demand upfront capital and investor patience.
1 last thing: Might Amazon expand its 18% stake in Rivian, given the difference in the companies' stock prices and Amazon's 100,000-van order?
- "I wouldn’t be able to comment on whether or not Amazon is planning to do anything like that."