Tesla rival Rivian aims for IPO this year: Bloomberg News

FILE PHOTO: The Rivian R1T all-electric truck is pictured at an event, held by the electric vehicle startup, for customers who preordered the truck, in Mill Valley, California, U.S., January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Nathan Frandino

(Reuters) - Electric-vehicle startup Rivian, which is backed by Inc and Ford Motor Co, is looking to go public as soon as September at a valuation of about $50 billion or more, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.

Rivian has been in talks with bankers about its plans, but the company's timeline for an initial public offering isn't final and a listing could happen later in the year or next year, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. (

The company declined to comment.

Rivian, which aims to put an electric pickup and SUV in production this year, announced last month a $2.65-billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price. The startup has said it has raised $8 billion since the start of 2019.

The company’s deliveries of pickups would start in June, while those of SUVs would begin in August. Launch editions of the vehicles are priced at $75,000 and $77,500, respectively, with a 300-mile (480 km) driving range for both.

In 2019, Amazon ordered 100,000 electric vans from Rivian. The first Amazon vehicles go into production at Rivian’s factory in Normal, Illinois in late 2021, with all deliveries to be completed by 2024.

Rivian plans to follow those products with smaller models targeted at China and Europe, founder and Chief Executive Officer R.J. Scaringe told Reuters in November.

Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta