It's been a very long road, but today, Rivian reached a milestone. The startup company produced the firstfor a customer on Tuesday, and CEO RJ Scaringe had the honors of driving it off the assembly line. It's the first of thousands more pickups to come, and before production kicks off as well.
Scaringe tweeted photos of the first truck and said he "Can't wait to get these into the hands of our customers!"
Rivian spent months building preproduction trucks in preparation for series production of customer vehicles. It also instituted a handful of delays along the way, but not anymore. After delaying the highly anticipated electric truck from 2020 to 2021, the R1T was meant to start production in July. That turned into September, but Rivian was able to work through pandemic-related delays and supply chain issues to fire up its assembly line in. Hopefully the R1S is on a similarly smooth track to customers.
With the first customer R1T heading to a predictably stoked new owner, Rivian becomes the first to deliver a light-duty electric pickup truck in the crowded space. Tesla won't begindeliveries until late . won't be ready until next spring. and haven't even revealed their challengers yet. And Lordstown Motors, which promised to be first, .