Among EV-only automakers,
Rivian has tried to distinguish itself with branding that’s equal parts rugged and premium.
But there’s something else that sets Rivian apart, according to new IHS Markit analysis. Rivian,is the only EV-only automaker that has outsourced its electric motors, according to the firm, which notes in a recent blog post that this was done to help accelerate the launch of the Rivian R1T pickup truck.
Rivian does plan to phase in its own motor design, along with a host of changes that include a heat pump and 800-volt electrical architecture
*Chart provided by IHS Markit
Automakers outsourcing electric motors (via IHS Markit)
For now, though,
Rivian is taking a different approach to the likes of Tesla and Lucid.
For those automakers, proprietary, self-built motor designs are at the center of the push for efficiency.
In-house motors also align more closely with traditional auto industry practice. About 90% of internal-combustion engines are currently in-sourced, according to IHS Markit.
Engine development has long been a point of pride for automakers, and engine characteristics have been an important part of many brand’s identities
IHS Markit predicts that electric-motor development strategies will also converge around in-sourcing over the next decade.
At present, Volvo parent Geely is listed as outsourcing nearly all of its motors for EVs,then there are companies doing it differently—like General Motors.
*The automaker says that it’s designed its new generation of electric motors but won’t be directly building them