Electric transportation startup Rivian is delaying deliveries of its 400-mile R1T pickup truck until 2023. In a customer email obtained by CEO RJ Scaringe said the company is prioritizing production of R1T vehicles equipped with a “big pack” battery. Once those orders are fulfilled, it will then turn its attention to the affordable “Explorer Package” cover and “Max pack” battery.
RJ Scaringe wrote in the email: “In determining the timing of delivery, we have optimized our build sequence around the design combination that will support us as quickly as possible, and therefore have the most positive impact on the climate.” We have reached out to Rivian for more information.
In the same message, Scaringe notes that the Max battery variants account for about 20 percent of the 71,000 R1T and R1S pre-orders the automaker has had as of December 15 this year. This indicates that the delay includes about 14,200 vehicles. Rivian allows people to change their orders if they want to get the R1T in advance. It also promised to share more information about delivery dates in early 2022.
Rivian has delayed delivery of the R1T several times over the past few years. The truck was originally scheduled to debut in 2020, but the company eventually pushed that date to that date. The pandemic has played a role, but Rivian also doesn’t have much manufacturing capacity at the moment. Planning to start setting up a new factory in . However, this won’t be completed until sometime in 2024. In the meantime, the company also has an order that it needs to fulfill for minority owner Amazon.
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