Rivian tells patrons of vehicles, SUVs with 400-mile vary to attend till 2023

Enlarge / A Rivian R1T displaying off its off-road functionality.

Jonathan Gitlin

With provide chain disruptions messing with the auto business, it is an particularly difficult time for startups like Rivian. After warning of manufacturing challenges resulting from elements shortages early in December, the Illinois-based electrical truck maker on Tuesday advised some clients they would want to attend one other 12 months, till 2023, for his or her preorders to be delivered.

The delay impacts deliveries of Rivian R1T (truck) and R1S (SUV) fashions with the Max battery packs, which provide a spread of 400 miles on a single cost. These account for about 20 % of Rivian preorders, in accordance with an e-mail to clients despatched by Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and posted to Reddit. The remainder of the preorders are for autos with the Giant pack, offering vary of round 315 miles.

“So as to serve the biggest variety of preorder holders, we will probably be prioritizing constructing the Journey Bundle with Giant pack battery in the course of the subsequent 12 months,” wrote Scaringe. “Discover Bundle preorders and autos with a Max pack battery configuration will comply with in 2023. In setting our supply timing, we optimized our construct sequence across the construct mixture that will help us ramping as shortly as potential and due to this fact have the biggest potential constructive local weather influence.”

Scaringe is conscious that the additional wait will probably be irritating to clients, a few of whom have been ready since 2018. “[W]e worth your loyalty and dedication and will probably be reaching out to you in January to gauge your curiosity in reconfiguring to an Journey Bundle with Giant pack battery with the intention to take supply in 2022.”

Whereas they wait, Rivian clients will have the ability to observe supply dates by way of their Rivian accounts. 

The corporate had “roughly 71,000” preorders as of December 15, Scaringe wrote. Throughout its first quarterly earnings announcement on that date, Rivian mentioned it had delivered 386 of the 652 autos manufactured in its Bloomington, Illinois plant and that it could fail to satisfy its aim of constructing 1,200 autos by the top of 2021.

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