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Rivian delays 400+ Mile Max battery and base model R1T, R1S until 2023

Rivian announced this week that it will delay production of R1T pickup trucks and R1S SUVs with its expensive 180kWh Max battery or cheaper base model Explore pack until 2023 in order to prioritize more midsize versions. popular, according to email from CEO RJ Scare customers which was later posted on Reddit.

“In order to serve the greatest number of pre-order holders, we will be prioritizing the construction of the Large Battery Adventure Pack over the next year or so,” Scaringe wrote in the letter, whose authenticity has been confirmed by Car and driver. “Pre-orders of the Explore Package and vehicles with a Max pack battery configuration will follow in 2023. By setting our delivery schedule, we have optimized our build sequence around the build combination that would allow us to ramp up the most. quickly possible and therefore to have the greatest positive impact on the climate. . “

Rivian says the $ 10,000 Max battery option will increase the range of the R1T and R1S to over 400 miles; with the standard Large 135 kWh pack, this is an EPA rated at 314 miles for the R1T and rated at 316 for the R1S. Scaringe said about 20% of his 71,000 pre-orders were for the R1T with the Max battery (that’s not possible to order an R1S with the Max battery from Rivian at the moment), but obviously that wasn’t enough to make it a manufacturing priority.

Scaringe did not provide a breakdown of the pre-orders of the Explore package, the base trim which loses things like ventilated seats, wood trim and an electric tonneau cover in the R1T in exchange for a price drop of $ 5,500 versus the more popular Adventure trim. If you’ve seen the R1T’s starting price of $ 67,000 announced at the start of production this fall, keep in mind that no one will pay near that number and get their truck for at least a year.

This isn’t the first retarder Rivian has come across as he has finally launched his first vehicle after a decade of development. In early 2020, Rivian pushed back deliveries of the R1T to early 2021 due to pandemic issues. May 2021 saw another summer delay thanks to the global semiconductor shortage. In mid-July, Rivian changed their delivery window to September. That month, an extremely limited number of R1Ts started rolling off the chain, but in November, the schedule for full-scale customer deliveries was pushed back to March 2022. With these additional delays for some specs, that means some customers will have been online for more than five years before receiving a vehicle in the desired configuration.

“We realize that these time estimates may be different from what some of you initially expected. We know that any change in schedule can be difficult when trying to plan the vehicle purchases and trips you want to take. has been with us since 2018 and 2019 with delivery windows that could extend until 2023 – we appreciate your loyalty and commitment and will contact you in January to assess your interest in reconfiguring a large battery adventure package so you can take delivery in 2022. “

In an effort to be more transparent with delivery windows, Rivian says he’s working to introduce a feature on the booking holder’s account pages that gives a better estimate of delivery and represents the exact vehicle a customer has. configured.

Taking this into account, also keep in mind that the automaker is contractually bound to an agreement with the funder and retail logistics giant Amazon and is to deliver 10,000 electric delivery vans in 2022. with a target of 100,000 vans by the end of the decade. . Obviously, Rivian is preparing to fill regular customer and Jeff Bezos’ orders at the same time, but there’s a good chance these delayed R1T and R1S setups have arrived sooner without this side project taking up resources.

Unsurprisingly, Rivian also recently announced plans to increase production capacity. Its Normal, Illinois plant will be expanded approximately 20 percent, bringing its total footprint to 4 million square feet. It will also be inaugurating a new assembly plant in Georgia sometime in 2022, assuming the chip shortage and pandemic delays don’t interfere this time around.

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