Amazon-backed Rivian reportedly seeks valuation of up to $80B in IPO

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Amazon-backed electric vehicle company Rivian is seeking a valuation of around $70-80 billion in its initial public offering, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

Rivian confidentially submitted plans to federal regulators for an IPO, the company said in a statement.

The company, which aims to compete with Tesla, is looking to start production of an electric pick-up and an SUV this year.

Rivian’s filing comes as automakers are racing to develop EVs, with China, Europe and other countries and regions mandating lower carbon emissions.

In the United States, traditional carmakers such as General Motors and Ford are retrofitting plants for EV production, while Tesla, Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn and several startups are expanding existing plants or are building them.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Rivian was in discussions to invest at least $5 billion in a new vehicle plant near Fort Worth, Texas.

Rivian, which aims to compete with Tesla, is looking to start production of an electric pick-up and an SUV this year.
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A slew of EV startups, including Nikola, Fisker and Lordstown Motors, have chosen to merge with special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, to go public.

Rivian did not provide any other details of the IPO.

The company has raised $10.5 billion since the start of 2019, including $2.5 billion in July in a round led by Amazon and Ford.

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