Rivian shares first look at R1T manual and redesigned powered tonneau covers coming mid-summer

Rivian R1T owners received some good news today and they won’t have to wait much longer for the manual and redesigned powered tonneau cover for the electric pickup truck. Both covers are set to be released later this summer.

The automaker pulled the powered cover from production in October last year after owners started reporting issues with it almost as soon as it started being delivered with the R1T. At the time Rivian said the cover would be replaced with a newly designed cover that will correct “subcomponent design issues and improves the tonneau cover’s robustness against manufacturing build variations,” but it had no planned release date for the updated design.

To compensate Rivian said it would offer a manual tonneau cover, but it would only be released in early 2023, a date which has been pushed back since then.

Now Rivian says both are ready for production and will be released “mid-summer,” according to an update posted by CEO RJ Scaringe on Twitter. Scaringe also shared a video of the new covers. The video doesn’t get into much detail about the powered cover, except for an engineer explaining that it is “much quieter and much more robust solution.”

The manual cover got a much more detailed demonstration, and it is exactly as previously announced. There are four interlocking panels that are inserted and slide along the siderails. When not in use the panels can be put in an included storage bag which can then be stored in the R1T Gear Tunnel.

You can check out the video below.

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