Rivian Hopes New R1 Shop Speeds Delivery Times

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Like many automakers, startup Rivian is having trouble getting vehicles into buyers’ hands. Extreme demand for some products combined with ongoing supply chain difficulties have caused wait times to balloon, but Rivian has a plan. The automaker reached out to Teslarati to explain its new R1 Shop, which it says will drastically shorten delivery times on its R1T and R1S EVs.

Rivian said it would invite many R1T reservation holders to configure their trucks using the service and noted that delivery times would be between one and four months after confirmation. The automaker has had delays with both the R1T and R1S and pushed back the release of its larger battery pack. 

Though it’s had a bumpy couple of years, Rivian is the most successful of the recent upstart automakers. Remember Lordstown? After Mike Pence sang its praises, the company barely made it through management changes and the pandemic and just recalled every one of the few vehicles it has delivered. Lucid is also struggling with meeting demand, and some buyers' wait times extend to five months. 

[Image: Rivian]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Mar 15, 2023

    "Rivian's real problem is that it still loses tens of thousands of $ for every unit it makes."

    Startup invests billions in development and factory costs for a new vehicle, so the first units ship at a loss. So the solution is to sell fewer units. 🙄

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Mar 15, 2023

    Forget Rivian. Never heard about SVB?

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Mar 15, 2023

    There is someone in my subdivision that has a dark green metallic Rivian it is a nice looking truck. Not ready for an EV truck myself.

  • EBFlex EBFlex on Mar 16, 2023

    “Extreme demand”. Yeah ok….

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Mar 17, 2023

      “If Rivian has no demand for its vehicles, why is it trying to hasten their delivery?

      You ran out of excuses for Tesla, but keep trying - it's predictable, yet entertaining.”

      Sorry the truth bothers you so much. But niche vehicles that are quite inferior to vehicles costing half as much just don’t have a lot of demand.

      For the entirety of 2022 they produced a pathetic….25,001 vehicles. That’s it. So even if production doubles and they make 50k in a year, they still will be short of how many trucks Ford sells in just a month. But doubling sales sounds impressive and allows them to say things like “we have extreme demand”, blah blah blah. The numbers are still laughably small.