Rivian has started operating a pilot production line at its plant in Normal, Illinois, while the electric vehicle startup is preparing to launch its pickup and SUV in the summer of 2021.
In an email to potential customers, Rivian announced that delivery of his R1T electric pickup truck will begin in June 2021. Delivery of the electric SUV R1S will begin in August 2021.
Rivian said in May that deliveries of the R1T and R1S would be postponed until 2021. Up until today, it was not clear when exactly deliveries would begin.
Operating a pilot production line is a crucial step to eradicate potential problems before a full production start. The two vehicles should come onto the market at the end of 2020. This period was extended until 2021 after Rivian stopped construction for the plant, a former Mitsubishi plant that the company acquired in 2017, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, where Mitsubishi produced in a joint venture with Chrysler Corporation called Diamond -Star Motors including Mitsubishi Eclipse, Plymouth Laser and Dodge Avenger.
The plant will produce its R1T and R1S electric vehicles for consumers and 100,000 vans for Amazon. Rivian said it was still on the right track to start shipping electric vehicles to Amazon in early 2021. Around 10,000 of these electric vehicles will be on the road by 2022, and all 100,000 vehicles will be on the road by 2030, Amazon predicted.