Rivian starts building R1T electric trucks for customers | Engadget

At the beginning of the month, Rivian achieved an important milestone. The company’s Environmental Protection Agency, bringing both vehicles closer to an official launch. Rivian has now reached another important milestone.

In a tweet discovered by , Founder and CEO of Rivian, RJ Scaringe Announced on Tuesday the company produced its first R1T electric vehicle for a customer. “After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle rolled off our production line at Normal,” Scaringe wrote on Twitter. “I can’t wait to put them in the hands of our customers!”

Getting to this point has been something of a journey for Rivian. Initially, the company had planned to begin deliveries of the R1T in 2020, but was forced to delay those of the truck when it was unable to get its manufacturing facility, a former Mitsubishi plant, restructured quickly enough. The coronavirus pandemic only added to the automaker’s woes, forcing it to delay the launch of a’s R1T and R1S. “Everything from building facilities to installing equipment to supplying vehicle components (especially semiconductors) has been affected by the pandemic,” Scaringe wrote at the time.

But even with those setbacks in mind, the R1T is reaching consumers before the Tesla and. Both vehicles will not debut before the start of 2022.

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