Rivian Stock Is Dropping. Blame Amazon.

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Amazon has requested 100,000 supply vans from Rivian.


Courtesy Amazon

Inventory in Rivian Automotive is falling speedy mainly because it looks the start-up has opposition in supplying electric powered vans to Amazon.com, a person of its investors.


Rivian
stock resumed its slide Thursday, falling another 11% to about $80. That is just a hair above its initial community featuring value.

On Wednesday, Rivian (ticker: RIVN) inventory closed down additional than 11% at about $90.01 a share, even though the


S&P 500

fell 1.9% and the


Dow Jones Industrial Common

dropped 1.1%. The current market weakened as the minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve’s charge-setting committee, designed general public Wednesday afternoon, led to anticipations for tighter financial policy to battle inflation.

But earlier Wednesday, right before the Fed information strike stocks,


Stellantis
(ticker: STLA) and Amazon (AMZN) experienced announced a collaboration that was centered on motor vehicle computer software. The news launch, nevertheless, also said Amazon will be the very first business shopper for the Ram Promaster electrical van. That places Stellantis instantly in competition with Rivian for Amazon company. Amazon has requested 100,000 of Rivian’s electrical shipping vans as perfectly.

Amazon has been a longstanding Stellantis consumer, taking tens of countless numbers of standard vans and including them to its shipping and delivery network. Stellantis, it looks, doesn’t want to cede all the EV business to an upstart.

While the news gave Rivian investors a get started, Amazon has requested EVs from other motor vehicle producers ahead of this. Amazon requested 1,800 electrical delivery automobiles from Mercedes in late 2020.

“We’re psyched to collaborate with Stellantis to completely transform the automotive sector and re-invent the in-motor vehicle encounter,” reported Amazon CEO Andy Jassy in the company’s news release. “We are inventing solutions that will assistance permit Stellantis to speed up connected and customized in-car experiences, so that each individual moment in movement can be smart, protected, and tailor-made to each and every occupant.”

Jassy was conversing, in section, about the program collaboration. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, is thrilled about that, but probably is delighted to have the device profits quantity as well.

Just how several vans Amazon will acquire is not known. Amazon was not immediately accessible to remark on its delivery designs. The corporation says it has 70,000 Amazon-branded autos on the roads.

Rivian inventory had an extraordinary start out adhering to its November preliminary public featuring. The stock was priced at $78 and traded as high as $179.47 about a week afterwards, whilst it may possibly have flown also considerably, too quick. The share selling price has been nearly lower in half considering that then.

At about $90 a share, Rivian is even now valued at roughly $90 billion, centered on its completely diluted share depend, which includes factors this kind of as management stock possibilities. That is roughly equivalent to the sector capitalizations of


Ford Motor
(F) and Standard Motors (GM).

Rivian started out making its R1T electric powered pickup

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Doomed to fail? How automakers’ climate vows fall short – and who is to blame

BERLIN — Automakers from Volkswagen Group to Nissan and Ford have embraced the narrative that reducing carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement should be a key tenet of their business agenda.

Are they doing enough? Research shows their goals are still a far cry from what is needed, but the jury is out on whether automakers alone are responsible for the shortfall.

While some say automakers should plan to make their fleets carbon-neutral whatever the circumstances, companies argue that their ability to transition to electric vehicles is dependent on conditions outside their direct control.

Consultancy firm Boston Consulting Group said in a report released last week that at least 90 percent of new passenger vehicles and 70 percent of trucks must be electric by 2030 in order to meet climate targets, echoing environmental groups like Greenpeace.

But among major brands, very few — among them Volvo, Bentley, Jaguar and Ford of Europe — have set goals for 100 percent EV production by then, with most arguing that they cannot take full accountability for a transition to electric vehicles without the market conditions to remain profitable in the process.

Daimler, for example, has refrained from stating it will produce only EVs by 2030 no matter what – instead it has emphasized it will be “ready to go all electric … where market conditions allow.”

“We will lead from the front. Is it realistic to turn 100 percent of the market by 2030? It would be a stretch,” Daimler’s CEO Ola Kaellenius told Reuters in an interview, adding he hoped to see countries and economic regions do their bit at the COP26 summit by synchronizing their plans for electric vehicle rollouts.

Charging infrastructure is just one of many challenges standing between the auto industry, estimated by the International Energy Agency to be responsible for around 18 percent of all carbon emissions worldwide, and climate neutrality.

Others include getting rid of dirty fossil-fuel powered cars still on the roads, reducing emissions in battery production, and building storage systems for renewable energy to ensure the electricity used to charge electric cars is from renewable sources.

Too little, too late

Under carbon reduction policies already agreed by governments and automakers, global CO2 emissions from vehicles are still set to rise over time, research by the International Council on Clean Transportation shows.

If policies under discussion are implemented, the growth trajectory stabilizes but still does not fall, it said, highlighting growing demand for cars, buses and trucks in coming years due to population growth and increased economic activity in emerging markets.

While one in five vehicles sold in Europe last quarter were electrified, the share is much lower in the United States at around 2 percent. EVs are an even tinier slice of sales in less rich markets such as Latin America or Southeast Asia.

Automakers and governments must also find answers for labor unions who are worried that a rapid shift to EVs will put thousands of workers out of their jobs.

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