Rivian CEO R. J. Scaringe explains supply issues for the R1T and R1S electric models in a letter to customers.
After several previous delays – from late 2020 to June this year, and then again until July – Rivian announced that deliveries of the first vehicles were being postponed even longer.
General Director of the company R.J. Scaringe sent an email to customers that the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck is now expected in September, and the Rivian R1S electric SUV will arrive soon in the fall.
This is not very good news, but on the other hand, another two months is not the end of the world. Now, some may wonder if Rivian will actually be able to launch the R1T ahead of others, including the Tesla Cybertruck electric pickup, to be the first to hit the market with a modern all-electric pickup.
The brand executive explains that the company has been hit hard by the cascading effects of the pandemic and semiconductor shortages while simultaneously releasing three brand new products – R1T, R1S, and a commercial van for Amazon.
Rivian has a plant in Normal where the company has built two production lines – one for the R1T / R1S duo and one for the van. To date, hundreds of cars have rolled off the assembly line. They are road tested to ensure the company’s long-term success and maximum customer satisfaction.
Read also that Rivian will start selling its models in Europe in early 2022.