The wait for the first modern all-electric pickup to enter series production has ended as the Rivian R1T rolls off the production line.
***UPDATE: It's official. Here's the tweet from Rivian:
"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!"
According to the latest report on RivianForums.com, Rivian's CEO RJ Scaringe drove off in the first-ever "sellable" Rivian R1T, surrounded by employees at the plant in Normal, Illinois.
There are not many details, but it appears that Rivian has finally reached the stage of having the first vehicles ready for customer deliveries.
Hopefully, soon we will get some official info about this historic event and hear about the progress with customer deliveries.
Gallery: Rivian R1T
Rivian's vehicles recently have received EPA range ratings of more than 300 miles on a single charge.
Rivian R1T specs:
EPA: 314 miles (505 km) (see details here)
400+ miles (644+ km) version (January 2022)
250+ mile (402+ km) affordable version to follow
- undisclosed battery capacity
2170-type cylindrical cells, supplied by Samsung SDI
- 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.0 seconds
- quad motor, all-wheel drive
- on-board charger: 11.5 kW (AC Level 2); up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge
- DC fast charging: up to 140 miles of range in 20 minutes
- wading depth: 3+ ft (more than 0.91 m)
- towing capacity: up to 11,000 lbs (4990 kg)
The specs for R1S (3-row, 7-seat SUV) basically mirror the R1T with some exceptions (like lower towing capacity of up to 7,700 lbs (3493 kg).