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Rivian’s 400-mile electric vehicles delayed to 2023

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Rivian is telling prospects that it gained’t be constructing R1T pickup vans with the “Max pack” battery choice till 2023, because it’ll be prioritizing ones with the usual “large” battery pack for manufacturing all through subsequent yr (by way of Electrek). In an e mail attributed to CEO RJ Scaringe, the corporate says it should work on orders for the higher-trim “Adventure Package” vans with the common battery first, and that the lower-end “Explorer Package” and larger battery will come later.

When the corporate debuted its truck in 2018, the 400-mile estimated vary afforded by the 180kWh Max pack was a giant promoting level. The “large” battery pack that comes commonplace with the vans will get an EPA estimated vary of 314 miles, however for the adventurous, off-road crowd Rivian markets to, each further mile counts.

According to the e-mail, about 20 % of the preorders are for vehicles with the $10,000 Max pack choice. Given the 71,000 preorders cited by the letter, that’s round 14,200 vehicles affected by the delay. It’s not the primary time the corporate has had to push again its timeline — the unique plan was to begin transport its electric vans and SUVs in 2020, however the R1T didn’t begin arriving till September 2021. The firm has plans to construct a second manufacturing facility (which ought to include extra battery manufacturing capability), however doesn’t anticipate to begin producing vehicles there till 2024.

While Rivian’s shopper vehicles are the flashiest (and essentially the most enjoyable to drive up a mountain), Rivian additionally has obligations to company prospects. Amazon (which owns a minimum of a 20 % stake within the firm, as revealed within the S-1 that preceded Rivian’s blockbuster IPO) has pledged to buy 100,000 supply vans from the corporate by 2024. Rivian additionally plans to begin promoting these vans and fleet variations of the R1S and R1T to non-Amazon corporations in 2023. That signifies that Rivian’s consideration, manufacturing capability, and supplies (together with ever-scarce pc chips) are divided between prospects and enterprise contracts.

According to Electrek, individuals who need to get their vehicles sooner will probably be in a position to change the configurations they’ve ordered. Whether they’ll need to will doubtless rely on the shopper’s wants and persistence. InsideEVs posted the total letter, which thanks individuals who positioned preorders for Max pack-equipped vans in 2018 and 2019 for his or her “loyalty and commitment.” The e mail says that individuals who hadn’t already acquired their estimated supply window ought to get it in a while Tuesday.

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