EV start-up Rivian beats Tesla, GM, Ford as first automaker to produce electric pickup


Rivian R1T electric truck

Source: Rivian

EV start-up Rivian is the first automaker to convey an electric pickup to the patron market, beating Tesla, General Motors and others in what’s anticipated to be a hotly contested section within the years forward.

Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe on Tuesday tweeted that the corporate’s first R1T pickup for a buyer drove off the meeting line within the morning at its plant in Normal, Illinois.

“After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal!  Our team’s collective efforts have made this moment possible,” he stated. “Can’t wait to get these into the hands of our customers!”

Photos tweeted by Scaringe present staff cheering with a number of R1Ts on the meeting line.

A Rivian spokeswoman confirmed that the autos being produced are saleable. She declined to focus on the corporate’s plans for ramping-up manufacturing, together with what number of vehicles had been produced Tuesday, and who would be the first clients to obtain the autos.

The starting of manufacturing, which has been delayed a number of occasions, comes weeks after the Amazon– and Ford Motor-backed firm filed a confidential draft registration form for an IPO.

Rivian is anticipated to be the first of a handful of automakers to produce an electric pickup by subsequent yr. GM is projected to be subsequent this fall with the GMC Hummer EV pickup, adopted doubtlessly subsequent yr by EV start-up Lordstown Motors, Ford after which Tesla, which lately pushed again deliveries of its Cybertruck from this yr to late 2022.

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