The first Rivian R1T electric ute made for a client has moved off the processing plant floor at the EV creator’s production line in Normal, Illinois.
The momentous event – as it is maybe the first production electric utility to be made in the US, in front of competitors including the Tesla Cybertruck, the Ford F-150 Lightning and the GM Hummer EV – was trumpeted on Twitter by the beginning up’s CEO, RJ Scaringe.
“After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal!” he said.
“Our team’s collective efforts have made this moment possible. Can’t wait to get these into the hands of our customers!”
The long-awaited Rivian R1T and the Rivian R1S have certainly been a few years in the making. Beginning with a show-stopping debut at the LA Auto Show in 2018, the organization has since earned around $US10.5 billion in financing from any semblance of Amazon, Ford, T.Rowe Price and Cox Automotive.
Rivian likewise now expects to open up to the world, having recorded an expectation to list freely in August with a valuation of $US80 billion – which on the off chance that it goes on will make it one of the most important carmakers in the world by market capitalisation.
A late 2020 production start was initially arranged yet was postponed because of the worldwide pandemic. Presently, the principal Launch releases, portions of which were depleted some time in the past yet were accessible from $US73,000 for the R1T utility and $US75,500 for the R1S SUV, are all set.
The two vehicles guarantee a range of adventure-ready features from three battery pack choices (105kWh, 135kWh and 180kWh) that convey up to 509km authority EPA range for the R1S and 505km for the R1T.
Torque between 560-1,120Nm, speed increase from 0-100 km/hr in 3.2 seconds, a maximum speed is 201 km/hr and a plenty of off-road features, for example, quad-motor torque vectoring and traction control, lockable tonneau cover, a gear tunnel, various powerpoints, ability to wade through a meter of water as well as add-ons like a pull-out kitchen promise to make these vehicles ideal for experience, and tradies, thus significantly more.
Alongside the way that two prototypes are now on Australian soil, we think it has each chance of being the first fully-fledged electric ute to launch locally and genuinely “ruin” the weekend.