Rivian R1T Electric Truck
Electric vehicle start-up Rivian is the first automaker to bring an electric pickup to the mainstream market, beating Tesla, General Motors and others in what is expected to be a hotly contested segment in the years to come.
Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe tweeted on Tuesday that the company’s first R1T pickup for a customer had rolled off the assembly line this morning at its plant in Normal, Ill.
“After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle left our production line at Normal! The collective efforts of our team made this moment possible, ”he said. “I can’t wait to put them in the hands of our customers! “
Photos tweeted by Scaringe show workers clapping with multiple R1Ts on the assembly line.
A Rivian spokesperson confirmed that the vehicles produced are salable. She declined to discuss the company’s plans to increase production, including the number of trucks produced today that will be the first customers to receive the vehicles.
The start of production, which has been repeatedly delayed, comes weeks after the company backed by Amazon and Ford Motor filed a draft confidential registration form for an IPO.
Rivian is expected to be the first of a handful of automakers to produce an electric pickup by next year. GM is expected to be next this fall with the GMC Hummer EV pickup, potentially followed next year by electric vehicle start-up Lordstown Motors, Ford and then Tesla, which recently pushed back deliveries of its Cybertruck from this year to end of 2022.