Rivian begins delivering its R1S electric SUV to customers

The Rivian R1T has been out to the general public for months now, and the R1S has seen various staff deliveries. But this 7 days we saw the initial non-employee client deliveries of the new R1S SUV.

The R1S is the SUV sibling to the R1T electrical truck, with 3rd row seating and an enclosed rear close, however with a shorter over-all duration and wheelbase than the truck. Seth drove the R1S back again in July, and mused that it could be “the greatest SUV at any time built.”

The first R1S were shipped in December, even though individuals went to CEO RJ Scaringe and CFO Claire McDonough. In June, Rivian reported that shopper deliveries of the R1S could start as early as August, so it appears to be like they’ve just hit that timeline. While this was pushed back from previously timelines – very last November, the earliest R1S delivery home windows were being all-around March-April.

So items got delayed a little bit, but supplied it’s the company’s initial ramp in one of the most complicated source chain environments in memory, at the very least Rivian received there ultimately. Now, the SUV has at last built it to the road, or at least a few of them have.

We’ve heard that numerous deliveries are going on this week, and the to start with small testimonials with images surfaced on Friday. As considerably as we know, these are the 1st non-personnel deliveries so much.

One was posted by Kyle Shultz of Rivian Stories, a supporter website and display for Rivian house owners and preorder holders. His submit, “R1S in my driveway!” was a minor light on facts, but features a handful of awesome photographs of the SUV in a suburban driveway. He initially purchased in Nov 2018, ideal when the R1S was to start with launched.

Although Shultz is not a Rivian staff, he has been a chief in the Rivian group, and so this could be considered a “VIP” shipping to some extent, but it is nevertheless a non-personnel shipping and delivery. An additional host of Rivian Stories, Skyler, also bought his R1S the identical working day, equally picked up from the Rivian manufacturing facility in Standard, IL.

We obtained a lot more detail from a different purchaser, Rick Fletcher, who has “no connection to Rivian” whatsoever. Immediately after remaining contacted by Rivian earlier this 7 days, he took shipping right now of an R1S with a VIN in the ~500 variety, which he at first pre-requested in April 2019. He spent about two several hours going over the vehicle with the Rivian employee who shipped it to his Pennsylvania residence – fittingly, on the very same day as a prepared family tenting outing.

Fletcher shared his experience and some shots in this forum put up, and mentioned his very first experience driving an EV was “like becoming in a video match that obtained the physics erroneous.” He was further impressed by the abilities of Rivian’s Driver+ driver assist system and the simplicity of charging at an Electrify The united states charger. He finished the day charging on a 30A RV plug at the campsite his relatives is being at. What a way to crack in the motor vehicle.

Past these two initial-hand delivery ordeals, we have also read of a number of other R1S staying sent to non-employee clients and service facilities in various components of the place. It looks like the initially wave is genuinely finding going.

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