Electric vehicle startup Rivian hasn’t even started selling passenger vehicles, but that hasn’t stopped them from considering more assembly plants. A new report suggests the company is currently eyeing possible locations for a European factory, our best hint yet at the company’s desires for global expansion.
According to Bloomberg Rivian desires to build a factory in Europe to build multiple products. The factory would commence by building Rivian’s electric delivery van for Amazon, but over time it would add passenger vehicles as well. Rivian is reportedly eyeing Hungary, Germany or the United Kingdom.
It isn’t entirely clear which passenger vehicles Rivian would ultimately produce in Europe. The company has stated it desires to sell its R1T and R1S models in Europe. However, CEO R.J. Scaringe has acknowledged those two models will have limited appeal in global markets due to their size.
News of a possible Rivian plant in Europe could be the clearest indicator yet that Rivian has plans to ultimately launch new models tailored to the European market. Such products would likely appeal to the important Chinese market as well, though Rivian will ultimately need a Chinese production option if it wishes to be a big player there.
U.S. deliveries of the Rivian R1T truck start in June, while the R1S SUV will begin hitting consumers driveways in August.