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Rivian Secures $5 Billion from Volkswagen Partnership

ByHuey Yee Ong

Jun 29, 2024

Rivian Secures $5 Billion from Volkswagen Partnership

Volkswagen and Rivian have announced a $5 billion partnership, focusing on the development of software-defined vehicle platforms. This collaboration involves Volkswagen adopting Rivian’s zonal architecture, while Rivian secures significant funding.

Volkswagen and Rivian’s partnership aims to revolutionize electric vehicle (EV) platforms. The joint venture, valued at up to $5 billion, will leverage Rivian’s zone-based approach, simplifying the wiring and electronics in EVs. Both companies will develop and debut new vehicles under this partnership, yet continue to operate their brands independently.

The investment details include Volkswagen’s initial $1 billion investment in Rivian, with two additional investments of the same amount planned for 2025 and 2026. Additionally, Volkswagen will contribute $2 billion to the joint venture, a portion of which will be provided as a loan in 2026. This substantial financial support is expected to enhance Rivian’s stability, especially after the company faced financial challenges earlier this year, resulting in the cancellation of a planned plant in Georgia and a 10% reduction in its salaried workforce.

Volkswagen will integrate Rivian’s zonal architecture into its future vehicles, building on recent advancements like the integration of ChatGPT into many of its car models. This partnership marks a significant step for both companies as they strive to advance the next generation of electric vehicles.

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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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