Rivian meets “production hell”. R1S deliveries delayed by 3 months – or more
To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld (older readers may remember him), “Dying is easy. Building automobiles is difficult. People started frothing up a few years ago when Tesla went through what Elon Musk called “production hell” as he struggled to speed up the production of the Model 3. Things got so bad that Elon Musk started spending nights at the Fremont factory in a dorm. bag at the end of the assembly line so that it can deal with production issues in real time.
Rivian, who started manufacturing their R1T electric pickup truck, is now aiming to get their R1S electric SUV to market and into the hands of customers. Like Tesla before him, Rivian finds it one thing to talk about delivery dates, quite another to achieve those goals.
The first R1S was slated to roll off the line in January, but in emails to reservation holders this week, it informed them that it is likely to be in March or April before their vehicles are delivered to customers. . The wait could potentially extend longer than that. Rivian Owners Forum user doozenberg posted a copy of the notice he received from Rivian customer service this week which read:
Thank you for your continued support to Rivian. We can’t wait to get you behind the wheel of your R1S. Now that vehicle production is increasing at our Normal, Illinois plant, and we are expanding our service and support in your area, we are able to share an updated delivery window.
Your Launch Edition R1S delivery window is now from June to July 2022. Please note that this delivery window is based on your current configuration, delivery location and pre-order date. Your pre-order is a vote to find better ways to do things on a planet that needs all of us to think big and innovate. If you have questions please contact us.
Several reservation holders report receiving similar emails, with some promising delivery in April-May and others promising delivery in June-July. Inside electric vehicles points out that most of the current pre-orders are for the launch edition of the car, which will not be equipped with the largest battery available. He speculates that deliveries of non-Launch Edition cars are unlikely to take place until 2023.
The news caused a stir among some reservation holders, who say they canceled their pre-order and instead purchased a Tesla Model Y or Volkswagen ID. 4. All this dismay drove another forum member by the name o. horror to post this rather concise comment:
“If you had planned a delivery in 2022, then you are an idiot. Rivian never promised you a delivery date. While we all want our Rivian NOW they never promised you a delivery date. When the configurator went live in November 2020, Rivian made it clear that the LE was going to ship first – the LE does NOT include the Max Pack battery, and it was announced that the R1S was specifically going to ship after the R1T. Anyone with an LE setup is now (for the first time) promised mid-2022. A 2018 reservation buys you a few months before a 2020 reservation. But seriously, did you really expect Rivian to deliver ALL of their pre-orders at the same time as the FIRST pre-order was delivered? “
I’m not a candidate for a Rivian R1S, but if I was, I would definitely order one from Red Canyon (see above). To all Rivian reservation holders, we have these tips: Patience, Grasshopper.
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