Customers will also have to wait longer to get their hands on the R1S electric SUV, as the first deliveries won’t happen until the fall. Rivian said in June that delivery of both vehicles would begin in July, a month later than previously planned. first reported of the latest delays.
In a letter to customers shared by Rivian with Engadget, Rivia CEO RJ Scaringe pointed to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long tails as a major cause of failure. “The pandemic has affected everything, from the construction of the facility, to the installation of equipment, to the supply of vehicle components (especially semiconductors),” Scaringe wrote. “Beyond these unforeseen challenges, the launch of three new vehicles with the establishment of a multi-vehicle production facility is a complex orchestra of coordinated and interconnected activities in which small problems can turn into ramp delays.”
Scaringe said Rivian, which now employs more than 7,000 people, built “hundreds of vehicles as part of our validation process, and many of them spotted in the wild are covered in unique vinyl wrappers.” He noted that the company has not yet delivered them, as Rivian believes it is “crucial both to our long-term success and to your ultimate satisfaction that the quality and robustness of our launched products really sets the tone for what we can expect from us. “
As long as Rivian can stick to its latest timeline, it may still be the first carmaker to bring an electric pickup truck to market. probably won’t start production until later this year, while Ford () requests next spring shipment from .
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