Rivian starts international deliveries of the R1T and R1S in Canada

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Rivian has kicked off international deliveries of its R1T and R1S electric vehicles, handing over the first units to employees in Vancouver last week.

Over the weekend Rivian held its Canadian launch party in Vancouver, hosting reservation holders and media at Rocky Mountaineer Station. The automaker brought out over a dozen of their EVs to show off to future owners, including an R1T with the new Ocean Coast interior, giving many of them the first opportunity to check out their future purchase up close and personal.

Ahead of the event, Rivian quietly delivered its first vehicles outside of the US, delivering both the R1T and R1S to several employees on Thursday. Rivian has a large office in Vancouver’s Yaletown district where most of the employees work on the company’s software team.

Just like the rollout in the US, the first deliveries were to employees, but a Rivian spokesperson confirmed with Drive Tesla the first public deliveries will happen soon and are still on schedule to take place before the end of the year.

After obtaining approval from Transport Canada last month, one last hurdle for Rivian to overcome is obtaining the necessary approvals for their service center, which is located just outside of Vancouver in Richmond.

The facility is ready but is not yet open to the public as the company is still waiting for the necessary permits from the city, but those are expected to be received in the coming days.

If you don’t follow us on Twitter, you can check out all our photos and videos from the event in the tweet thread below.

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