Rivian has been working quietly under the radar as they go about testing their new skateboard architecture. Actually, they're doing that under Ford's F-150.
The electric car manufacturers have just seen $700 million pumped into their ambitions by Amazon and have many things planned, yet no one has even seen their prototypes being tested although they're all over Detroit.
The company's chief executive, R.J Scaringe, sat down for an interview with the Detroit Free Press recently and revealed that Rivian has been doing a lot of testing, with their trial models hiding in plain sight.
According to the CEO, the automakers' skateboard architecture is being tested under the shells of the aforementioned Ford pick up.
“We need something to keep the weather out while we put a lot of miles on our skateboard, so they’re driving around in Detroit right now, too," he revealed. "They’re all over the place, but nobody knows. We’re very quiet about that."
Scaringe also explained that there's no corporate partnership between Rivian and Ford; the F-150 was only chosen because it has the same wheelbase as their upcoming R1T pickup and the R1S SUV.
Rivian has made it so that people are aware that their vehicle development is still in its early stages. The company is being patient as it doesn't want to be in a position where promises are made that can't be kept up with.
“Part of our culture, part of what I’ve worked really hard to embed is a level of humility and honesty with how hard this is," he added. "Very often not just … for new automotive companies but also for startups in general … there’s the desire to present what you’re working on as being far more complete than it is so that the (perceived) progress is 10 times the real progress. We try to achieve the opposite of that,” Scaringe said. “We’d rather under promise and over deliver.”
Despite the modest approach, Rivian's R1T and R1S have been garnering lots of popularity since being unveiled in the Los Angeles Auto Show. It appears that, with Ford's help, they're about to deliver some top class EVs.