Rivian’s Forecast Falls Short

Yet Deliveries Beat Estimates
Rivian Amazon van
A Rivian electric van delivers packages for Amazon Prime Aug. 4 in Thornton, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

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Rivian Automotive disappointed investors by maintaining its full-year guidance even as production and deliveries in the third quarter exceeded Wall Street expectations.

The electric-vehicle maker said in a statement Oct. 2 that it’s on track to meet its guidance of producing 52,000 battery-electric vehicles this year, less than analysts projected.

In the third quarter, it delivered 15,564 EVs to customers, more than the 14,973 analysts had expected, on average.

Production in the quarter also topped estimates at 16,304 vehicles.


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The shares slipped 0.8% at 9:32 a.m. in New York. The stock had risen 32% so far this year through Sept. 29.

Rivian makes two consumer models and a plug-in delivery van for Amazon.com Inc., its biggest shareholder. It is a front-runner in a large pack of startups chasing market incumbent Tesla Inc., but it has struggled with supply chain challenges and a slow ramp-up since its November 2021 initial public offering.

Amazon ranks No. 9 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America.

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