Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe mentioned the company’s upcoming R2 products as President Joe Biden prepared to sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law.
According to Scaringe, Rivian R2 productions will use batteries manufactured domestically. “We have been working hard on our domestic cell production roadmap (important for our next product ‘R2’) – this bill creates a powerful tailwind for domestic production of batteries!” the Rivian CEO said.
Rivian R2 Products
Rivian plans to launch its R2 program by 2025. Rivian’s Georgia plant will focus on producing R2 products.
“We are leveraging the many learnings from our R1 and RCV platforms, and we are working to ensure the R2 sets a high bar in terms of affordability, unit economics, performance, and efficiency. This global platform is critical for our long-term growth with a lower price point to further expand our addressable market,” highlighted Scaringe in the Q1 earnings call.
During the Q2 2022 earnings call, Scaringe discussed the R2 program in relation to the Inflation Reduction Act. He elaborated that Rivian has been working on localizing its supply chain for quite some time, specifically as it refines R2 products and prepares them for production.
Biden Signs the Inflation Reduction Act
President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act on Tuesday, August 16. According to a White House briefing, the law introduces tax credits up to $7,500 for new EVs and $4,000 for used electric vehicle purchases.
However, the law’s conditions disqualify many automakers and EV buyers. The EV tax credits are only available for SUVs and trucks under $80,000 and other models under $55,000. Buyers must also have an income below a certain threshold to qualify for the EV tax credits.
Plus, the electric vehicle’s batteries must be made in North America. The minerals used to make the batteries must also be mined and recycled in North America. As per Time, the legislation states that at least 50% of EV batteries must come from the United States, Canada, or Mexico by 2024. By 2028, 100% of EV batteries must come from the continent.