1000 employees times a very enthusiastic salary of 100,000 each is 1/10th of one billion dollars a year. A billion is a lot of freaking money.In various comments about Rivian online and elsewhere, it's said that it takes one billion to design, develop, make, launch and market a new motor vehicle.
With a newly refurbished factory already costing over $800 million and two new models sharing a skateboard and everything forward of the B pillar, I'm unclear where Rivian is in terms of expenditures. At least a couple billion has been spent and/or committed, I'd guess. Now, with more than a thousand employees in five locations, and more being added daily, the burn rate will be considerable. I'm not sure there's a couple of uncommitted billions on hand.
Even if there's a couple billion on hand, where will it be spent? Enlarging the Normal plant and further expanding production will take a hunk. Battery development, autonomous vehicle development, connectivity, infotainment, warranty and service program development, trade-in and financing program development, and so on - the list goes on for developing new vehicles and a whole new brand. All without any sales, much less profits.
Since this thread is about the development of a future rally model, I think it's safe to say (and RJ has confirmed this) that a rally model is in the works. When it might appear and how it might shed light on future models and the future of Rivian are hard to say, however.
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