According tomedia CNET, Rivian has recently launched a series of actions. The Michigan-based electric car start-up has reportedly poached some key figures from Tesla, despite reports that it recently laid off 40 employees. According to Electrek’s report Tuesday, Rivian hired three executives, all of whom had worked at Tesla. Specifically, they have each worked on Tesla’s charging network projects.
The three new hires are Carrington Bradley, a seven-year veteran of Tesla who was previously part of the charging network project; Sara Eslinger, who worked for Tesla for six years, in charge of charging infrastructure; and Kit Ahuja, a former Tesla manager.
Bradley is the only one who appears to have moved directly from Tesla to Rivian, and Eslinger and Ahuja took up new positions elsewhere before Rivian hired them. Rivian did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reported layoffs or their new hires.
The three new executives will reportedly work on a competitive network with Tesla’s Super Charger supted network, which is rumoured to be known as the “Rivian Adventure Network.” However, sources say the network will not expand like a super-chargenetwork. Because Rivian cars will support CCS charging standards, they will be able to access many of the charging stations already available across the United States. Rivian’s charging stations are said to help fill more gaps in rural areas.
Charging networks aren’t just all the projects That Rivian may be working on. Media recently learned that the company may offer its own insurance plan like Tesla and may implement its own crash center. All this comes as Rivian returned to work after the new corona virus pandemic, although the spread of the COVID-19 led the company to push its first delivery of its R1T electric pickup and R1S S SUV to 2021. The two cars are scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year.