After hurting Amazon and Ford, EV truck maker Rivian falling further

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The glow dulled further Monday for electric truck maker Rivian Automotive, whose IPO in November was the largest of 2021 and the sixth-largest in U.S. history. 

Less than two weeks ago, Rivian was responsible for quarterly losses reported by both Amazon and Ford Motor Co., each of which had invested billions only to see Rivian’s value crash early this year. 

On Monday, Rivian’s stock price tumbled further on a report that Ford was getting rid of 8 million shares in the company.

Rivian also is newly caught up in the Georgia governor’s race over a record incentive package for a new manufacturing plant. 

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Rivian shares listed publicly on the Nasdaq on Nov. 10, 2021.

Why is Rivian a big deal?

The electric truck manufacturer has an order from Amazon for 100,000 delivery vans, and more than 80,000 other orders.

As it burst onto the scene at an event tied to the L.A. Auto Show in 2018, Rivian was seen as a potential rival to Tesla. 

Ford has been interested in battery development with Rivian, and at one point planned to jointly develop a pickup. 

In March, Rivian acknowledged significant production challenges because of supply chain problems that have plagued automakers. It said it would be able to make only 25,000 vehicles this year. 

Raising big money and then falling

Rivian’s initial public offering last year raised $11.9 billion. The share price hit a peak of $172.01 on Nov. 16. At the end of the year, that was down to $103.69. 

The stock has tumbled further since then, closing the first quarter at $50.24, costing Amazon $7.6 billion in the quarter and Ford $5.5 billion. 

Rivian closed Monday at $22.78, down nearly 21% for the day.

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