Rivian on track to meet production target of 25,000 vehicles

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The logo for electric vehicle startup Rivian is seen on the hood of its new R1T all-electric truck in Mill Valley, California, U.S., January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Nathan Frandino/File Photo

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April 5 (Reuters) - Electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive Inc (RIVN.O) said on Tuesday it is on track to achieve its production target of 25,000 vehicles this year, sending its shares up 2.4% in extended trading.

The company said it had made 2,553 vehicles and delivered 1,227 cars in the first quarter. It produced 1,015 vehicles and delivered 920 last year after starting deliveries of its R1T pickup truck towards the end of the third quarter.

Rivian said last month that supply-chain issues could cut its planned 2022 production in half to 25,000 vehicles. read more

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The company has a factory in Normal, Illinois, where it currently makes the R1S sport utility vehicle, R1T pickup truck and a delivery van for investor and customer Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O).

The factory currently has an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles and Rivian has said it intends to increase that to 200,000 by 2023 as it adds new vehicles.

Rivian, whose another plant near Atlanta is set to open in 2024, will eventually build 400,000 vehicles a year and also make battery cells.

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Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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