Rivian, the electric vehicle maker that has attracted significant backing from Amazon, is trying to attract more engineers to the Seattle region based on job openings posted on the company’s website.
Irvine, California -Rivian based on at least 40 published works for the area, with titles such as Cybersecurity Threat Detection Engineer, Software Engineering Manager (Charging) and UX Producer, Enterprise & Fleet.
The company, with more than 1,500 total job openings, currently employs about 9,000 people company-wide and has a growing team of more than 120 in the Seattle region. That includes service and support personnel at a service center in Bellevue, Washington, near the intersection of Northeast Eighth Street and 116th Avenue Northeast.
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Despite the increase in workers in the region, Rivian declined to discuss any plans to open a dedicated office for engineering personnel in Seattle or Bellevue. A spokesperson previously told the Puget Sound Business Magazine that employees would remain mostly remote while the company figured out its “workplace strategy.”
GeekWire spotted a Rivian-made Amazon delivery van at the Bellevue location this week. The tech giant has been awaiting delivery of some 10,000 custom trucks that it said last October it expected to have on the road as early as 2022. That number is part of the 100,000 that Amazon ordered for its fleet and plans to use by 2030.
YouTuber HyperChange posted a video (below) of an Amazon electric van in Seattle earlier this year.
Amazon has backed Rivian through its Climate commitment fund, which aims to invest in companies that accelerate Amazon’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions in their businesses by 2040. Amazon was among the top investors in a $ 2.5 billion funding round in Rivian in July and previously supported to Rivian in 2019 in rounds of $ 700 million and $ 1.3 billion.
Founded in 2009, Rivian has raised about $ 10.5 billion to date. This summer it announced plans to go public with a valuation of $ 80 billion.
in a form filed with the SEC Last week, Rivian described the Amazon Electric Delivery Van (“EDV”) order as “the largest EV order in history.”
“Developed to be safe, comfortable and easy for drivers to operate, these vans will offer a radical change in the driver experience relative to the vehicles available on the market today,” said Rivian. “They are also designed to achieve a lower total cost of ownership for Amazon while supporting a path to carbon neutral deliveries. We look forward to gaining a wealth of experience from what we believe will become the largest centrally managed electric vehicle fleet in the world. “
Likewise, Rivian revealed how things are progressing with the production and delivery of its first-generation consumer vehicle, the R1T all-electric pickup, noting that 56 of the vehicles had been produced and 42 delivered as of October. 22. Launch and delivery of the R1S sport utility vehicle will begin in December, the company said.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his space company Blue Origin have at least taken over the trucks, using Rivian vehicles to carry crew members to the launch pad and pick them up during suborbital space missions leaving Texas. .
Along with the Bellevue service center, Rivian had also previously been linked to a possible showroom in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. But the company refused to address where those plans were, offering instead that it had just opened his first “Hub”, a gathering space for truck fans in Venice, California.