Rivian may not be focused only on expands its American production. Sky News sources claim that designer EV is negotiating with the British government to build a production plant near Bristol. Discussions are not yet in the late stages, but the focus has reportedly been on production for vehicles themselves, not batteries, though there was room for comprehensive Gigafactory in Tesla style.
Rival proposals came from Germany and the Netherlands, Sky claimed. If the British factory continued, the government could reportedly invest “significantly more” than a billion pounds (about $ 1.39 billion). Rivian declined to comment.
There is certainly pressure to commit to international expansion. Rivian has only one factory, the former Mitsubishi factory in Illinois, and has just unveiled plans for another U.S. plant that could also produce batteries. That production could limit potential sales, especially outside of North America, and could disrupt Amazon’s electric van is shipped.
This could help the Rivian scale to oppose rivals like Tesla and Volkswagen, both are rapidly developing their production bases for electric vehicles. The UK intends prohibit the sale of cars with combustion engines 2035, which means switching local production to electric vehicles. The Rivian plant could help the country transition to electric vehicle production, not to mention boost sales that would make public acceptance so strong.
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