The Amazon and Ford-backed EV launch originally planned to begin shipping its electric pickup, R1T and SUV, R1S in 2020. But it broke plans at the start of the pandemic and said it would start deliveries in 2021 at the time. in June, only to push it back to July and now to September.
“We know you can’t wait to get behind the wheel of your vehicle,” Scaringe wrote in an email. “Earlier this summer, we announced that deliveries would begin in July; however, the timing of R1T’s first deliveries has shifted to September, when R1S will be shortly thereafter in the fall. I wanted to make sure you heard this directly from me.”
Scaringe said that “the cascade effects of the pandemic have had a greater impact than anyone expected.”
“The pandemic has affected everything from plant construction to the installation of equipment to the supply of vehicle components (especially semiconductors),” he wrote. Scaringe also said launching a flatbed, SUV and van developed with Amazon while building a production facility in Illinois has been difficult, calling it a “complex orchestra of coordinated and interconnected activities where small things can turn into ramp delays.”
The scary one also ended in poor contact with booking holders. “I have spoken to many of you and I know we need to do a better job of communicating the details around deliveries. Our guides continue to schedule deliveries and are ready to ask questions throughout the process,” he wrote, promising to provide more updates in the coming weeks.
Rivian was founded in 2009 but held very low profile until 2018 when it presented the R1T and R1S at the LA Motor Show. Since then, it has raised an incredible amount of cash – more than $ 8 billion – Amazon, Ford and other institutional investors. The company also works for the public which would add even more money to its war front. Its employees have also aired more than 7,000 employees, Scaringe said in an email.