Rivian’s first manufacturing R1T electrical pickup truck rolls off the road • TechCrunch

And beats Ford, GM and Tesla

The primary manufacturing Rivian R1T electrical pickup truck in “Rivian blue” rolled off the meeting line Tuesday morning on the firm’s manufacturing unit in Regular, Illinois, marking a milestone greater than a decade within the making for the automaker and its founder and CEO, RJ Scaringe.

The corporate, which began in 2009 as Mainstream Motors earlier than adopting the Rivian identify two years later, has undergone explosive progress by way of folks, backers and companions up to now few years. Right now, Scaringe tweeted the information and a photograph of the primary manufacturing truck painted in Rivian Blue.

“After months of constructing pre-production autos, this morning our first buyer automobile drove off our manufacturing line in Regular,!” he wrote. “Our group’s collective efforts have made this second attainable. Can’t wait to get these into the fingers of our clients!”

What isn’t clear is who will get this primary buyer automobile.

Rivian operated in relative obscurity, aka stealth mode, for years earlier than it revealed prototypes of its all-electric R1T truck and R1S SUV on the LA Auto Present in late 2018.

Since then, Rivian has raised billions of {dollars} ($10.5 billion since 2019); expanded its Regular, Illinois, manufacturing unit; employed hundreds of staff; landed Amazon as a industrial buyer; and, most just lately, filed confidentially for an IPO. Right now, along with its Illinois manufacturing unit, Rivian has services in Palo Alto and Irvine, California; and Plymouth, Michigan; and an workplace within the U.Ok.

When it first revealed the 2 electrical autos in 2018, Rivian had about 600 staff. Right now, it has 8,000.

Scaringe’s announcement Tuesday, which marks the official starting of R1T manufacturing for patrons, comes after not less than two delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and world chip scarcity. Earlier this summer time, Scaringe wrote in a letter to clients that R1T deliveries would start in September, with the R1S to observe “shortly.”

Rivian has been juggling the dueling priorities of prepping and ultimately producing the R1T and R1S for shoppers and industrial supply vans for Amazon. The Illinois manufacturing unit has two separate manufacturing strains producing autos. One is devoted to the R1 autos and the opposite line is for its industrial vans.

Amazon ordered 100,000 of those vans, with deliveries beginning in 2021. Earlier this 12 months, Amazon started testing the electrical supply van in a number of cities, together with Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Earlier this month, Rivian introduced that the primary version model of the R1T pickup truck has an official EPA vary of 314 miles, whereas its R1T SUV is available in at 316 miles.

The official vary and gas financial system values posted on the U.S. Environmental Safety Company web site align with Rivian’s earlier estimates, which it marketed as 300 miles.

The second can be vital as a result of it means Rivian has the good thing about being the primary electrical truck available on the market. Ford’s F-150 Lightning, which isn’t anticipated to come back available on the market till spring 2022, has a focused vary of 230 miles in the usual and as much as 300 miles within the prolonged model. The EPA has not issued official ranges for the Ford Lightning.

Rivian’s “Launch Version” R1T truck and R1S SUV come geared up with a 135 kWh battery pack that’s branded because the “giant pack.” Deliveries of the Launch Version autos are slated to start this month.

Clarification: Rivian has raised $10.5 billion since 2019, not in whole. Rivian has not shared the whole quantity however sources have mentioned it’s round $11 billion. 

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