2022 Rivian R1T: America’s first production electric ute rolls off assembly line


The electric pick-up market is set to take off, with at least three new models slated for launch in the next 12 months.


At least seven examples of its R1T pickup – finished in ‘Rivian Blue’, and featuring an optional off-road bumper kit – rolled off the brand’s Illinois assembly line overnight.

Company founder and CEO, RJ Scaringe, tweeted: “After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal!  Our team’s collective efforts have made this moment possible … Can’t wait to get these into the hands of our customers!”

It is unclear how many vehicles have been built in total so far, or when the first customer deliveries will commence – though the company has previously indicated a launch later in September. Drive has contacted Rivian for more information, and this story will be updated with its response.


The Rivian R1T pickup and R1S SUV share a skateboard platform, with dual motors – one on each axle – sending “up to” 550kW/1124Nm to all four wheel. This allows the 0-100km/h sprint to be conquered in a claimed 3.0 seconds, on the way to an electronically-capped top speed of 200km/h.

The manufacturer has previously suggested it would like to offer its product range Down Under, however this is yet to be confirmed.

The Rivian isn’t the first electric ute in the world, however, with models from GWM and LDV on sale in China, among others in various markets.

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