Rivian CEO RJ scaring has sent out a letter to Rivian R1T preorder holders waiting for deliveries saying that deliveries are on track for September.
September 2021 will be a defining moment in Rivian history once R1T deliveries begin. Rivian CEO said in a letter that the team in Normal Every day, we continue to manufacture more and more vehicles.
Rivian’s factory in Normal was recently filmed with all of its employees hard at work making electric R1T pickup trucks.
“It’s inspiring to see how the entire company is coming together for us to start deliveries—everything from dialing in our production process to ramping up our service network to managing our supply chain. I am happy to report we are on track to begin deliveries in September,” wrote Scaringe in the letter.
He provided a few other updates in his letter as well–most of which relate to the ownership experience of an R1T pickup truck.
First, he explained that Rivian wasn’t just working on ramping production at its Normal manufacturing plant over the past few months. The EV startup was also working on “dialing in” its quality across five areas of the plant, including stamping, body, paint, assembly, and propulsion or battery and drive units. So Rivian preorder holders should expect quality R1T vehicles during delivery.
Scaringe also talked about Rivian’s charging network. The company aims to install more than 3,500 fast DC chargers at 600 sites in its Rivian Adventure Network. In addition, the E V automaker also plans to install at least 10,000 Level 2 AC chargers/connectors as part of its Rivian Waypoints Network. Rivian hopes to ramp the buildout of its charging network by the end of 2021.
In time for R1T deliveries, a few Rivian Service centers have started operations in Brooklyn, Bellevue, Normal, San Francisco, and El Segundo. Scaringe wrote that Rivian plans to open over 100 service centers by 2023. For instance, Rivian already applied to open a 24/7 delivery and service/repair shop in Orange County, CA.
Based on Scaringe’s letter, the company has also finalized the initial version of the Rivian App for iOS and Android. The Rivian App will be available for download early next month before deliveries, hinting that R1T deliveries may start by mid-to-late September.
These are the main points from the email, and video Q&A Rivian sent out.
V2H capability in the future!
Rivian App for Ios and Android is coming in early September!!
Online purchasing will be available next month and will only take around 15 mins. (I’m guessing for only people who have only been contacted by a guide).
Camp Kitchen can run for weeks; if for some reason you weren’t going to drive anywhere for that amount of time, that means a very small power draw for the portable kitchen.
The R1T and R1S will have a form of sentry mode, akin to Tesla, that will be coordinated with their Rivian insurance.
Rivian will be using next-generation lithium batteries from LG, and will be developing their own battery cells in-house with a whole supply chain end to end to build them.
The 11 cameras and several sensors will map off-road areas that, to this point, have not been previously mapped. RJ referred to it as something similar to an off-road Google street view vehicle.
It sounds like they are ready to start producing production vehicles now, pending approval. quote. “With all of this, I am excited to report we have started producing vehicles that reflect all of our quality iterations and design refinements.
This will be great if Rivian can offer superior overall product quality than Tesla does. Tesla’s production quality has been subpar with other products in the auto industry. Tesla has struggled with quality issues as it had scaled its production from tens of thousand cars a year to 500,000 in 2020. On social media, customers have documented numerous problems with new Teslas, including large gaps between body panels, poor paint jobs, and chipped glass.