Rivian Finally Rolls Out First All-Electric Truck R1T

After a 3-year-long wait.
Ameya Paleja
R1T roll-out at Rivian's Illinois facilityRJ Scaringe/Twitter

Back in 2018, RJ Scaringe, the CEO of Rivian showcased the prototype of an all-electric pickup truck and SUV. After that, we had seen some more prototypes and many promotional videos but nothing tangible. Now, three years later, the company has rolled the first customer vehicle off its production line, Scaringe tweeted

The tweet will come as a huge relief for 30,000 early adopters, who are believed to have placed pre-orders for the Rivian trucks in the last few years. The trucks that were originally scheduled to be delivered in late 2020 have faced multiple delays and now, with the production of customer vehicles, deliveries are expected to begin soon.

Earlier in April, InsideEVs reported that the pre-order date alone would not determine the order of deliveries though. Your location and the color you chose would also determine where you lie on the waiting list. So, those who chose Rivian Blue and placed early orders are likely to get a call from the company soon. Behind the pick-up CEO Scaringe was seated in, is a long queue of Rivian Blues.

Rivian assembles their trucks in Normal, Illinois, which may have led some customers to think that the Normal mentioned in the press release is a new feature and that there must be a Hyper option as well -- we can assure you that there isn't. The Drive reports that the facility was built way back in 1988, not for Rivian, of course. The facility produced gasoline-powered cars for a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler until 1995 and then served Mitsubishi till 2016. The Japanese carmaker rolled up the operations that year and Rivian bought the unused assembly line in 2017.