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Rivian $1.45 Billion Quarterly Burn: Decoding the EV Maker’s Brutal Numbers


Well, those hoping for some positive vibes from Rivian’s Q1 earnings today didn’t get their wish. The EV startup’s first report card of 2024 was about as rosy as a flaming dumpster fire, with staggering losses, slashed future spending plans, and eye-watering costs per vehicle that would make even Elon cringe.

Let’s start with the surface-level bloodbath: a $1.45 billion net loss that makes Rivian’s $1.35B loss a year ago seem almost quaint by comparison. Not exactly an auspicious financial trajectory for a company meant to disrupt the auto industry’s gas-guzzling establishment.

Then there’s the shockingly high $38,798 hit Rivian took on every vehicle it produced during the quarter – a modest improvement from Q4’s $43,272 hemorrhage, but still ridiculously unsustainable for a company that’s supposed to be aggressively slashing costs.


Not only did the company burn through $1.45 billion in cash during Q1, but it also slashed 2024 capex spending projections by nearly 30% to $1.2 billion.

In its Q4 call just three months ago, Rivian telegraphed a spending slowdown was coming to preserve its remaining $9 billion cash cushion. Apparently CEO RJ Scaringe wasn’t bluffing – capital preservation is now priority numero uno in the face of nightmarish losses, no wonder the company had to postpone its much-hyped R2 platform’s launch.

To be fair, Rivian did manage to eke out a slight revenue beat at $1.2 billion versus $1.17 billion estimates. But let’s be real, that pales in comparison to the epic value destruction happening under the hood. The startup also touted hosting over 28,000 test drives in Q1, a 91% jump from Q4. Because when you’re burning billions, throwing hordes of prospective buyers into unsustainably pricey trucks is clearly the smart move!

Look, everyone expected growing pains from Rivian as it wades into the EV production waters. But these latest figures lay bare in spectacularly ugly fashion just how exorbitantly cash-intensive and complex an operation it is to manufacture vehicles at scale – even for a celebrated startup armed with ample funding and far-future ambitions.

Can Rivian realistically attain that fabled “modest profit” it’s now targeting for Q4? Or was Q1’s disastrous showing a harbinger of much more short-term pain to come as it continues attempting to validate its lofty $13 billion valuation? Rivian may have captivated the world with its electrifying potential, but today’s abysmal numbers are a sobering wake-up call that the road to EV glory could be brutally long and winding.

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