Rivian R1T electric truck
Electric vehicle startup Rivian is the first automaker to bring an electric pickup to the consumer market, beating Tesla, General Motors and others in a segment that’s expected to become hotly contested in the coming years.
Rivian founder and CEO R. J. Scaringe tweeted Tuesday that R1T’s first pickup truck for a customer rolled off the assembly line this morning at its plant in Normal, Illinois.
“After months of building pre-production vehicles, our first customer vehicle rolled off our production line in Normal this morning! The collective efforts of our team made this moment possible, ”he said. “Can’t wait to get them in the hands of our customers!”
Photos shared by Scaringe on Twitter show workers welcoming several R1Ts onto a conveyor belt.
A Rivian spokesperson confirmed that the vehicles produced are being sold. She declined to discuss the company’s plans to ramp up production, including how many trucks were produced today and who will be the first buyer to receive the vehicles.
The start of production, which was delayed several times, came weeks after the company, backed by Amazon and Ford Motor, filed a confidential draft registration form for an IPO.
Rivian is expected to be the first of a handful of automakers to launch an electric pickup by next year. GM is forecast to unveil the GMC Hummer EV pickup next fall, possibly followed by an electric car startup Lordstown Motors, Ford, and then Tesla, which recently postponed deliveries of its Cybertruck from this year to late 2022.