Electric vehicle startup Rivian has started building customer-ready all-electric pickup R1T. The California-based electric vehicle has beaten several industry giants to become the first automaker to do so. The pickup was at the pre-production level for months but now it has cleared the final hurdle by receiving certifications from three regulators. After this, Rivian can now sell its pickup truck as well as SUV R1S in all 50 states of America. Chief executive officer RJ Scaringe shared the information on the microblogging site Twitter. “After building pre-production R1T for several months, Rivian has finally built his first customer vehicle that drove off from our factory in Normal, Ill,” Scaringe said.
“Can’t wait to get Rivian’s vehicles into the hands of customers!” he added. The three regulators that have given a green signal to the electric startup are National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Air Resource Board. The deliveries are now set to begin this month after facing some initial delays. The pickup has an estimated range of 314 miles. Also, there are several in-built features to give the pickup a premium feel. The pickup is equipped with an air compressor and a cooler under the bed. Also, there is a tailgate that customers can control through an app.
With the company rolling out customer-ready pickups, it has left behind several other established companies, which are in the race of launching pickups. Among the most prominent names is Tesla. But Elon Musk’s company has pushed back the production of Cybertruck to 2022. Rivian is expected to face tough competition from Cybertruck once it is launched in the market. There are some other competitors as well. Ford is eyeing to start production of its F-150 in spring 2022. General Motors too is on the verge of starting production of Hummer EV. Meanwhile, Rivian is also working on electric SUV R1S. The electric startup, which is backed by Amazon, has raised a lot of money. Much more than other EV startups.