Rivian has decided that it will not launch its R1T pickup trucks having the “Max Pack” battery option until 2023. In 2022, the company will be making large battery packs only). In an email attributed to CEO RJ Scaringe, the company says it will work on orders for the higher-trim “Adventure Package” trucks with the regular battery first, and that the lower-end “Explorer Package” and bigger battery will come later.
The company launched its truck in 2018. It had a 400-mile estimated range and a battery of 180kWh Max pack. The “large” battery pack that is standard to the truck has an estimated range of 314 miles.
Around 20 percent of the preorders are for vehicles with the $10,000 Max pack option. There are 71,000 preorders and 14,200 vehicles are affected by the delay. Originally, the SUVs had to be shipped in 2020 but they started being shipped in September 2021. The company aims to start producing vehicles in a new production facility by 2024.
Rivian has corporate customers as well. Amazon owns at least a 20 percent stake in the company, and it stated that it will buy 100,000 delivery vans from the company by 2024. The company will also sell its R1S and R1T to non-Amazon companies in 2023. This means the company has both direct customers and business contracts.
According to Electrek, people who want to get their vehicles sooner will be able to change the configurations they’ve ordered. The letter also showed gratitude to the people who placed preorders for Max pack-equipped trucks in 2018 and 2019 for their “loyalty and commitment.” The email says that people who hadn’t already received their estimated delivery window should get it on Tuesday.