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Electric Truck Maker Rivian Says War in Ukraine Exacerbates Supply-Chain Woes

A Rivian R1T electric pickup truck.

A Rivian R1T electric pickup truck.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

Electric-vehicle maker Rivian Automotive Inc. says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is adding to supply chain pressures and costs, becoming one of the first U.S. automakers to cite the war in Eastern Europe as a risk and headwind.

In a regulatory filing Thursday, Rivian blamed the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, along with the ongoing pandemic and inflation, for “disruptions to and delays” in operations. The Irvine, California-based company also listed the conflict as a factor in higher component costs --  including battery metals, which it said have risen “considerably.”