Rivian R1T electric truck
EV start-up Rivian is the first automaker to bring an electric pickup truck to the consumer market, beating Tesla, General Motors, and others in what is expected to be a hotly contested segment for years to come.
Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe tweeted Tuesday that the company’s first R1T pickup truck had rolled off the assembly line for a customer this morning at its Normal, Illinois facility.
“After months of building pre-series vehicles, our first customer vehicle rolled off the production line in Normal this morning! The combined efforts of our team made this moment possible, ”he said. “I can’t wait to get this into the hands of our customers!”
Photos tweeted by Scaringe show workers cheering with multiple R1Ts on the assembly line.
A Rivian spokeswoman confirmed that the vehicles produced are salable. She declined to talk about the company’s plans to ramp up production, including the number of trucks produced Tuesday and who will be the first customers to receive the vehicles.
The multiple-delayed start of production comes weeks after the Amazon and Ford Motor-backed company submitted a confidential draft of an IPO registration form.
Rivian is slated to be the first of a handful of automakers to produce an electric pickup truck by next year. GM is expected to launch the GMC Hummer EV pickup this fall, possibly followed next year by EV start-up Lordstown Motors, Ford and then Tesla, which recently postponed delivery of its cybertruck from this year to late 2022.