Rivian begins delivering its R1S electrical SUV to prospects

The Rivian R1T has been out to the general public for months now, and the R1S has seen a number of worker deliveries. However this week we noticed the primary non-employee buyer deliveries of the brand new R1S SUV.

The R1S is the SUV sibling to the R1T electrical truck, with third row seating and an enclosed rear finish, although with a shorter total size and wheelbase than the truck. Seth drove the R1S again in July, and mused that it might be “one of the best SUV ever made.”

The first R1S had been delivered in December, although these went to CEO RJ Scaringe and CFO Claire McDonough. In June, Rivian stated that buyer deliveries of the R1S might begin as early as August, so it seems like they’ve simply hit that timeline. Although this was pushed again from earlier timelines – final November, the earliest R1S supply home windows had been round March-April.

So issues acquired delayed a bit, however given it’s the corporate’s first ramp in some of the troublesome provide chain environments in reminiscence, no less than Rivian acquired there ultimately. Now, the SUV has lastly made it to the highway, or no less than just a few of them have.

We’ve heard that a number of deliveries are occurring this week, and the primary quick testimonials with images surfaced on Friday. So far as we all know, these are the primary non-employee deliveries up to now.

One was posted by Kyle Shultz of Rivian Tales, a fan web site and present for Rivian house owners and preorder holders. His put up, “R1S in my driveway!” was a little bit gentle on particulars, however features a few good images of the SUV in a suburban driveway. He initially ordered in Nov 2018, proper when the R1S was first launched.

Whereas Shultz shouldn’t be a Rivian worker, he has been a frontrunner within the Rivian group, and so this might be thought-about a “VIP” supply to some extent, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a non-employee supply. One other host of Rivian Tales, Skyler, additionally acquired his R1S the identical day, each picked up from the Rivian manufacturing unit in Regular, IL.

We acquired extra element from one other buyer, Rick Fletcher, who has “no connection to Rivian” in anyway. After being contacted by Rivian earlier this week, he took supply in the present day of an R1S with a VIN within the ~500 vary, which he initially pre-ordered in April 2019. He spent about two hours going over the automobile with the Rivian worker who delivered it to his Pennsylvania dwelling – fittingly, on the identical day as a deliberate household tenting outing.

Fletcher shared his expertise and a few images in this discussion board put up, and stated his first expertise driving an EV was “like being in a online game that acquired the physics incorrect.” He was additional impressed by the capabilities of Rivian’s Driver+ driver help system and the convenience of charging at an Electrify America charger. He ended the day charging on a 30A RV plug on the campsite his household is staying at. What a technique to break within the automobile.

Past these two first-hand supply experiences, we’ve additionally heard of a number of different R1S being delivered to non-employee prospects and repair facilities in varied components of the nation. It seems like the primary wave is actually getting going.

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