EV startups can be cautious about the release of technical information, but Rivian founder and CEO R.J. Scaringe has been posting information about the company’s vehicles on social media, providing a glimpse of what is happening behind the scenes.
One key fact is that Rivian is continuing to expand the plant in Normal, Illinois, that the company bought from Mitsubishi. A new 650,000-square-foot expansion will bring the factory’s total area to more than 4 million square feet. The new area will be used to manufacture Rivian’s next-generation Enduro electric drive units, according to Scaringe.
Rivian senior director of electric power conversion Silva Hiti also provided details on that upcoming power unit. The company applies that terminology to the electric drive unit because it incorporates additional components, such as the inverter, so it is more than just an electric motor.
According to Hiti, her engineering team develops inverters, motors, power electronics, and …