Rivian appears ready to begin their first customer deliveries this month. The first consumer ready R1T electric pickup truck has officially rolled off the production line in their manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.
The milestone achievement was noted by Rivian employee William Warren, who shared a video of the event on Facebook. Screenshots of the video posted to the Rivian Owners Forum show hundreds of employees were on hand for the occasion, with Warren saying that Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe was behind the wheel of the “first sellable vehicle”.
The company has yet to make an official announcement, we expect them to do so soon. When they do, they will also likely provide an update on whether they are still on target to begin deliveries this month.
UPDATE: RJ Scaringe has confirmed the news on Twitter, but did not give an update on when deliveries will begin.
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. Can't wait to get these into the hands of our customers! pic.twitter.com/8ZidwTaXRI
— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) September 14, 2021
When the R1T does finally land in the hands of the first customers, it will be without one of the signature features originally touted by the automaker, ‘Tank Turn’. Last week we reported the feature was delayed due to the difficulties to get it to work safely, and ultimately may never come to Rivian’s lineup of vehicles.
As the first deliveries approach, the first Rivian Waypoint chargers were recently spotted outside Moab, Utah. The Waypoint chargers are just Level 2 chargers, but the company also has plans to install over 3,500 DC fast chargers exclusively for Rivian owners by 2023.