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Those look like the motors, you can see the axles on each side.
That is the dual motor gearbox housing. The sealed housing contains the two motors that are made by Bosch, as well as the inverters that power the motors.

Richard Farquhar, VP Propulsion: "On each axle of the vehicle we have symmetrical electric drive unit assemblies. One driving assembly in the front, one at the rear. Each drive unit assembly has two electric motors – four total – independently connected to the driven wheel with a fixed-ratio single-speed gearbox."
 

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That is the dual motor gearbox housing. The sealed housing contains the two motors that are made by Bosch, as well as the inverters that power the motors.

Richard Farquhar, VP Propulsion: "On each axle of the vehicle we have symmetrical electric drive unit assemblies. One driving assembly in the front, one at the rear. Each drive unit assembly has two electric motors – four total – independently connected to the driven wheel with a fixed-ratio single-speed gearbox."
So yes those are the motors…lol I’m a mechanic in a former life, I’ve changed my share of cv axles and half shafts…
 

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Recent articles have mentioned they were planning to manufacture the motors and batteries in-house, but I don't think any information was provided on timing for that.
Pretty much all the BIW sheetmetal is stamped in house as far as i know

I agree. In fact the yellow caliper actually says Brembo in black ink. This can be seen clearly in one of the recent Breckenridge YouTube videos when one of the vloggers has to change the left front tire of his R1T.

Maybe Bosch is supplying the braking system intelligence / ABS, but the hardware is definitely Brembo.
ABS and all the hydraulics would be Bosch, calipers/pads/rotors Brembo.
 

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I don’t know what the heck this is, but its made by Means Industries…
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Perusing their web site, it looks like these are the driveline disconnects:

https://www.meansindustries.com/technology/applications

And that coincides with Rivian being able to disengage the rear motors and just use the front for extra range. I would have though this was done with induction motors, but it appears they are using PM all around and mechanically disconnect the rears.
 

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Ford is supplying something, not clear what, but apparently they are the exclusive supplier of the unidentified components. From the recent IPO document:


Transactions with Ford Motor Company and its affiliates
In April 2019, we engaged Troy Design and Manufacturing Co. (“TDM”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford which is a holder of more than 5% of our capital stock, for the development, production and supply of all prototype and pre-production “bodies in white” vehicles across the R1T, R1S, and EDV vehicle programs (collectively, “BIWs”). The Company’s purchase orders for BIWs are subject to the General Terms and Conditions of Production Purchase Mutually Agreed between Rivian Automotive, LLC and Troy Design and Manufacturing Co. dated February 19, 2021 (the “TDM GTCs”). As the Company advances to steady-state vehicle production, we expect to stamp and assemble our BIWs at the Normal Factory and, as such, discontinue our purchases from TDM. During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2020, we recognized $8 million and $66 million, respectively, of expenses for the services pursuant to this agreement.

In addition, on April 16, 2021, TDM and the Company entered into a Production and Supply Agreement, subject to the TDM GTCs (collectively, the “TDM PSA”), pursuant to which TDM would serve as an ongoing supplier to the Company of certain vehicle components at specified prices by product, including related engineering work and tooling (collectively, the “TDM Components”) in connection with the R1 vehicle program. The TDM PSA does not include any minimum purchase requirements, but it does provide that we will purchase our requirements of the TDM Components exclusively from TDM for the life of the R1 vehicle program unless and until we terminate the TDM PSA in accordance with its terms. Under the terms of the TDM GTCs, Rivian may terminate the TDM PSA upon written notice to TDM for convenience or in the event of TDM’s default.
 

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Now i am wondering what they really make in factory??
No matter where all the parts come from, and no matter what parts they make in the factory, the most complicated part of manufacturing something as complicated as a vehicle is *assembling the vehicle*.

That is - and should be - the factories focus.
 

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Ford is supplying something, not clear what, but apparently they are the exclusive supplier of the unidentified components. From the recent IPO document:


Transactions with Ford Motor Company and its affiliates
In April 2019, we engaged Troy Design and Manufacturing Co. (“TDM”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford which is a holder of more than 5% of our capital stock, for the development, production and supply of all prototype and pre-production “bodies in white” vehicles across the R1T, R1S, and EDV vehicle programs (collectively, “BIWs”). The Company’s purchase orders for BIWs are subject to the General Terms and Conditions of Production Purchase Mutually Agreed between Rivian Automotive, LLC and Troy Design and Manufacturing Co. dated February 19, 2021 (the “TDM GTCs”). As the Company advances to steady-state vehicle production, we expect to stamp and assemble our BIWs at the Normal Factory and, as such, discontinue our purchases from TDM. During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2020, we recognized $8 million and $66 million, respectively, of expenses for the services pursuant to this agreement.

In addition, on April 16, 2021, TDM and the Company entered into a Production and Supply Agreement, subject to the TDM GTCs (collectively, the “TDM PSA”), pursuant to which TDM would serve as an ongoing supplier to the Company of certain vehicle components at specified prices by product, including related engineering work and tooling (collectively, the “TDM Components”) in connection with the R1 vehicle program. The TDM PSA does not include any minimum purchase requirements, but it does provide that we will purchase our requirements of the TDM Components exclusively from TDM for the life of the R1 vehicle program unless and until we terminate the TDM PSA in accordance with its terms. Under the terms of the TDM GTCs, Rivian may terminate the TDM PSA upon written notice to TDM for convenience or in the event of TDM’s default.
Probably some sheet metal components(stamping, fabricated stuff who knows) they don’t have facilities or capacity to make in Normal.

And definitely fixturing and other tooling.
 

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Sticker says "Made in Germany". We knew Bosch was making the electric motors. Not clear if the entire assembly is made in Germany, or the electric motors are bolted on to the housing in Normal. The second sticker on the transaxle says only Rivian, implying they are assembled in Normal?
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