Saturday, July 24, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Rivian stalls; delivery of the EV pickup truck delayed to September

Rivian has delayed the official public delivery of its R1T electric pickup truck for the second time, pushing the release date to September.

RJ Scaringe, the company’s CEO, announced the delay and also sent a letter to reservations holders.

Similar to many other companies’ woes, Rivian said the “cascading impact of the pandemic” has greatly affected the production of the innovative truck.

Delivery of the Rivian pickup truck has been delayed until September.
Delivery of the Rivian pickup truck has been delayed until September.

“Everything from facility construction to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors), has been impacted by the pandemic,” Scaringe said.

“Beyond these unforeseen challenges, launching three new vehicles while setting up a multi-vehicle manufacturing plant is a complex orchestra of coordinated and interlinked activities where small issues can translate into ramp delays.”

Rivian pickup truck delay a positive?

Scaringe said the delay also has a positive perspective for a least two reasons. The CEO said more time will now be spent testing the vehicle.

The performance-oriented Rivian EV pickup truck won't be available until September.
The performance-oriented Rivian EV pickup truck won’t be available until September.

With the delay, the company, according to the CEO, will be able to establish more charging stations and service centers.

Rivian recently announced customers who made purchase deposits will be offered test drives in July. Public deliveries of the truck will follow within a few weeks.

The all-wheel-drive truck is touted with a 0-60 miles per hour acceleration of 3.0 seconds. The RT1 has a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds. The starting MSRP is $67,500.

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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Tom Hosack
4 days ago

A page from the “Elio” playbook???

Scooter
5 days ago

Trying to figure out what it can carry. Says it can pull 11k and that is great but is it the equivalent of a 1/2 ton? 3/4 ton? I do like the storage under and in the bed.

Tommy Molnar
5 days ago

So, the delay is good because “The CEO said more time will now be spent testing the vehicle”. Does this mean that if there wasn’t a delay they would be selling a less tested vehicle? I’m really wondering if we will EVER see this pickup show up on a dealer floor.

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