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Rivian will begin deliveries to R1S customers in August or September

Rivian will begin delivering the R1S electric SUV to customers in August or September.

The electric car startup ramped up production of the R1T and R1S this year and in the second quarter built 4,401 vehicles and delivered 4,467. Until now, the R1T truck was the only model to reach private customers, but that will soon change.

While speaking recently with Automotive News, Rivian’s managing director, RJ Scaringe, said the first units of the R1S were actually delivered in December last year, but were only intended for company executives, including himself. Reservation holders will begin receiving their cars in August or September.

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Rivian has more than 90,000 reservations for the R1T and R1S but did not say what the split between truck and SUV is. According to Robby DeGraff, industry analyst at AutoPacific, the R1S has the potential to be more popular than the R1T.

“Other than the aging and expensive Model X, we haven’t had another electric vehicle with three rows of seats – we only had a handful of plug-in hybrids,” he said. “The R1S will appeal to a much wider network of consumers, such as active families or people who have been waiting for an electric vehicle with more seating and cargo space.”

“Rugged SUVs are all the rage right now. All the greatness Rivian promised about its R1T, like awesome off-road chop and towing capacity, for example, is basically reflected on the R1S, simply via styling. more accommodating and accessible bodywork.

Rivian hopes to have produced 25,000 vehicles by the end of 2022, in line with its revised targets after it – like most other automakers – had to overcome supply chain challenges. The automaker’s sole plant in Normal, Illinois has an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles and plans are in place to increase that to 200,000 by 2023.