2019 ALL STAR | DEAL-MAKER
If all the startup automakers vying to break into the industry, no one did a better job of selling his dream and his company than RJ Scaringe, the 36-year-old whiz kid whose electric pickup and electric SUV have attracted significant attention from consumers as well as investors.
The company has at least 100,000 orders on its books for delivery vans for Amazon, a deal worth billions. About everything that could go right for Rivian in 2019 did.
The company landed $1.5 billion in investments — $500 million from Ford Motor Co., $700 million from Amazon and $350 million from Cox Enterprises — and advanced its meticulously thought-out plan to get the R1T pickup and R1S SUV to market.