Episode 222: Rivian and the Bumpy Road to Charging
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Episode 222: Rivian, and the Bumpy Road to Charging

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One of the most promising EV startups of the last decade, Rivian has had more than a few setbacks in the past year with early investors Amazon and Ford seeming to back away, a falling in share value, and maybe a loss of customer trust. In this episode, Jo talks with former manager at the Rivian Waypoints Network, Jason Cortes, about some of the challenges— and opportunities— that lie ahead for the ambitious electric pickup startup.

While Rivian entered the broader, public conversation around EVs only recently, the company has been around since 2009, when its CEO— RJ Scaringe— launched the brand around a compact, sporty hatchback concept designed by McLaren F1 and Lotus Esprit designer, Peter Stevens. That car was called the Avera R1, and never got beyond the concept phase before the company pivoted into electric trucks— which just goes to show that (as Tom Clancy famously wrote) every overnight success really is ten years in the making!

 

Jason Cortes; ex-Rivian Sales Mgr.

Jason Cortes, EV infrastructure consultant.
 

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