Rivian executive quits amid big company shakeup
Rivian Automotive, Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based electric vehicle automaker and automotive technology company founded in 2009, is currently reshuffling its leadership team. In the midst of this reshuffle, one of its executives managing production quit.
According to Reuters, Rivian Automotive revealed late last week that Charly Mwangi was set to leave the company. The executive is said to have helped start the manufacturing process of the business.
It was reported that Mwangi was a former executive of Tesla Inc., and at Rivian he was named Executive Vice President in May 2020. His main contribution to the company was bringing the R1T pickup truck and SUV into production. R1S at the end of 2021.
The executive tendered his resignation ahead of the arrival of the new chief operating officer in June. Frank Klein, a former Magna International executive, is expected to return to the role next month, and his duties include overseeing production, supply chain and manufacturing engineering.
Meanwhile, a factory in Rivian caught fire last weekend, and it would be the third fire involving the same facility at the company in the last seven months. This time, the fire is related to the batteries.
WGLT News reported that a battery went into thermal runaway, meaning a battery cell overheated and started a fire. This happened at a battery test area located in the southwest part of the facility where batteries for Rivian electric vehicles are manufactured.
The normal fire department responded to the blaze and forced the evacuation of the battery assembly section on Saturday morning. Firefighters also moved the batteries outside after extinguishing the fire. They also went to cool the batteries using water to prevent more overheating.
The batteries were reportedly later turned over to Rivian engineers for investigation and dismantling. Although they have indicated that the batteries were the cause since the fire occurred in this area, investigations are still underway to determine the exact origin.
Firefighters returned the building to Rivian’s control three hours after the incident was initially reported. No injuries were reported and the only thing damaged was equipment in the test cabin.