According to TechCrunch, Rivian “has started to run a pilot production line at its factory in Normal, Illinois, as the electric vehicle startup prepares to bring its pickup truck and SUV to market in summer 2021.”
“In an email sent to prospective customers, Rivian said deliveries of its R1T electric pickup truck will begin in June 2021. Deliveries of the R1S electric SUV will start in August 2021,” reported TechCrunch.
Running a pilot production line “is a critical step necessary to root out potential problems ahead of a full production launch,” wrote TechCrunch. “The two vehicles were supposed to come to market at the end of 2020. That timeline was extended to 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Rivian to suspend construction work on the factory, a former Mitsubishi plant that the company acquired in 2017.”
“The factory will produce its R1T and R1S electric vehicles for consumers, as well as 100,000 delivery vans for Amazon,” the report continued. “Rivian has said it is still on track to begin deliveries of electric vans built for Amazon in early 2021. About 10,000 of these electric vans will be on the road as early as 2022, and all 100,000 vehicles will be on the road by 2030, Amazon previously said.”