By on July 27, 2020

On Friday, electric vehicle startup Rivian said it expects to commence deliveries of its all-electric pickup and crossovers next summer — placing the company roughly 6 months behind schedule.

However, before we crap on the company for being another novice EV company that can’t hack it, it should be said that product delays are quickly becoming the norm within the industry. This postponement may be indicative of nothing more than Rivian confronting the same hardships experienced by practically every other automaker in operation — though cash should not be among them.

The company said in April to expect adjustments to its delivery timeline as it tackled issues stemming from the pandemic while prepping the former Diamond-Star Motors/Mitsubishi plant in Normal, IL.

Rivian is undoubtedly hoping its competition finds itself in a similar boat.

Tesla’s Cybertruck is supposed to begin production early in 2021 (at a Texas plant that has not yet begun construction). Ford and General Motors also have all-electric pickups scheduled for 2022, with the GMC Hummer EV supposedly coming before that. Each day Rivian fails to deliver is another day given to the competition.

According to the Rivian Forum, the R1T pickup will begin rolling off the main assembly line in June of 2021, with the R1S utility vehicle scheduled closely behind in August. The company plans to continue building in very limited numbers using its pilot production line in the interim period. That line is there mainly to help Rivian troubleshoot before factory retooling is complete and assist in the training of employees. It won’t be able to meet customer orders until next summer — including sizable orders placed by Amazon and whatever deal Ford currently has with the company.

[Image: Rivian]

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12 Comments on “Rivian Confirms Production Delayed Until Next Summer...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “as it tackled issues stemming from the pandemic”

    More specifically:
    1. Having socially-distant workers on hand is difficult.
    2. Our suppliers can’t get us tooling and parts in time.
    3. We decided to move our headquarters in the middle of product development.
    4. We’re being sued by Tesla, and hope our big money friends don’t back away.

    • 0 avatar

      Moving the HQ from Motown to SoCal when your startup factory is in Illinois seems like a really bad idea. A lot of the stuff Scaringe was doing seemed pretty solid until they announced this. Even if they are hoping to poach some Tesla folks who don’t want to migrate to Texas, it’s still 400 miles from Irvine to Palo Alto.

    • 0 avatar

      I suspect #4 carries the most weight.

      • 0 avatar

        How we are going to build socialism in America after winning elections in November when workers are socially distant and wearing masks? Proletariat must be socially engaged for us to succeed in our great and historic endeavor.

        • 0 avatar

          Are you planning to build socialism?

          (True socialism is actually a very good thing. Mysterious, name-calling socialism is scary, not understood by the uneducated masses and somehow smells of communism and Trump’s cohorts, the Russians.)

  • avatar

    Start the Rivian Deathwatch.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      If Rivian doesn’t deal with the Tesla lawsuit, I agree.

      Tesla could attach damages to every vehicle Rivian sells if there is a shred of Tesla IP in them, so Ford and Amazon will certainly be having vigorous discussions with Rivian about that.

  • avatar

    @Poskey: “Tesla’s Cybertruck is supposed to begin production early in 2021 (at a Texas plant that has not yet begun construction).”

    That is 100% untrue. Construction has already started and there is visible progress. The site is swarmed with earth-moving machines and they’re moving at a rapid pace. To me, it looks like they are moving faster than the china plant so far. The building is being built with prefab components so those are probably being constructed offsite somewhere.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Tesla is getting pretty good at building factories.

      Critics who think Tesla’s just a big joke ought to change their tune. That Austin site is enormous; positioned right next to a major highway they’ll be able to ship product out quite easily.

      I suspect the Cybertruck and the Rivian truck may hit the market at the same time, but this time it’s Tesla who is the ‘established’ mfr.

      • 0 avatar

        Tesla needs to get pretty good at building cars. The quality of those Y cars out of Fremont is horrendous. I’ve seen pics that look like stuff GM turned out in the early 80s. Maybe their China team took the Deming Seminar and will do better.

        • 0 avatar

          @Indy— I’m working in quality triage on a Model Y project— what you say is true.

          They’re hot garbage.

        • 0 avatar

          Tesla doesn’t need to get any better at building cars than they already are. They appear to have no shortage of customers willing to pay what Tesla wants.

          Despite the subpar build quality, their customers are not prioritizing build quality above prestige. Sounds similar to luxury Euro brands, no?

          Tesla has no incentive to make better cars.

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