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2016 toyota prius c two for sale renton washingtonBack in February, the automotive industry was abuzz with rumors of huge General Motors and Amazon investments in Michigan-based electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian.

GM, it was rumoured, might be investing $1 billion, and Amazon was planning to invest double that amount.

Rivian’s R1T, which debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the fall of 2018, is hoping to get an all-electric pickup with a 400-mile range and 160-kw DC fast charging to market late in 2020. It also hopes to introduce an SUV in early 2021. Rivian will build the trucks at the former Mitsubishi/Chrysler plant in Normal, Illinois.

Planned as a mid-size, the R1T has 11,000-lb towing capacity and will have two different battery-pack sizes, 135 and 180 kw. Rivian has received nearly $500 million in funding from Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ), additional funding from Sumitomo, and $700 million from Amazon to date.

Rivian still needs to finalize its retail and service strategy. It’s expected to follow the Tesla direct sales model, but plans to open or partner with dealerships and independent repair networks to provide service and support.

“GM reportedly was interested in gaining access to Rivian's electric truck platform in order to speed development of its own battery-powered truck, while Rivian would have benefited from GM's manufacturing know-how and purchasing clout,” said autoblog’s Sven Gustafson.

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