Rivian has confirmed that it is once again delaying the first deliveries of its long-awaited R1T electric pickup truck, which were supposed to start this month. A few months ago, the Launch edition got pushed to July, and now, it looks like orders won’t ship until September.
It hasn’t been an easy road for Rivian, either. The EV startup originally planned to deliver its electric pickup, the R1T, and its R1S SUV in 2020, which was ultimately delayed due to COVID. Now, as things continue to progress, it’s running into a few more roadblocks ahead of the truck’s debut.
Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe had a few reasonings behind the delay, which he shared to reservation holders in an email on Friday:
“There are many reasons why our production ramp is taking longer than expected. The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding effect greater than anyone anticipated. Everything from facility construction to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors), has been impacted by the pandemic. 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.”
The CEO ended the email talking about how the company knows buyers can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the vehicle and that he wanted to be sure owners heard this news from him directly.
That said, there’s currently a race to bring an electric pickup truck to the U.S. market, with the Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Cybertruck, and Rivian all moving forward as fast as possible. Many expected Rivian to be first, and if things go according to plan, it still will be, but we’ll have to wait and see.
via The Verge