Rivian is pushing again deliveries of its long-awaited R1T electrical pickup truck and R1S SUV a number of extra months attributable to delays in manufacturing attributable to “cascading impacts of the pandemic,” significantly the continuing international scarcity of semiconductor chips, in accordance with a letter despatched to prospects from CEO RJ Scaringe. The R1T deliveries will start in September with the R1S to observe “shortly,” Scaringe wrote within the message.
Deliveries of the R1T Launch Version autos, the restricted version launch of its first collection of “electrical journey autos,” had been supposed to begin in July after being delayed by a month.
Rivian is hardly the one automaker grappling with the worldwide chip scarcity. GM, Ford, Toyota and nearly each different automaker has both slowed manufacturing or constructed its autos with out sure options supported by chips. For example, GM is now constructing sure mid- and full-sized SUVs with out a wi-fi cellphone charging function attributable to the worldwide scarcity of semiconductor chips.
Not like the established gamers with loads of inbound income, Rivian is a newcomer that’s attempting to be the primary automaker to carry an electrical pickup truck to market. Ford plans to carry the electrical F-150 Lightning pickup truck to market in spring 2022. Manufacturing of a GMC Hummer EV pickup is anticipated to start later this yr.
Right here’s a phase of the letter, which was seen by TechCrunch:
We all know you may’t wait to get behind the wheel of your car. Earlier this summer time, we introduced that deliveries would start in July; nonetheless, the timing for the primary deliveries of the R1T has shifted to September, with the R1S shortly thereafter within the fall. I wished to make sure you heard this from me instantly.
There are a lot of the explanation why our manufacturing ramp is taking longer than anticipated. The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding impact higher than anybody anticipated. Every part from facility development, to gear set up, to car part provide (particularly semiconductors) has been impacted by the pandemic. Past these unexpected challenges, launching three new autos whereas organising a multi-vehicle manufacturing plant is a posh orchestra of coordinated and interlinked actions the place small points can translate into ramp delays.
Scaringe offered a couple of extra particulars in regards to the firm’s progress, together with it now employs greater than 7,000 folks. The Rivian manufacturing unit in Regular, Illinois, has two separate manufacturing strains producing autos, in accordance with Scaringe. One is devoted for the R1 autos and different line is for its business vans.
In 2019, Rivian introduced it was growing an electrical supply van for Amazon utilizing its skateboard platform. Amazon ordered 100,000 of those vans, with deliveries beginning in 2021. Earlier this yr, Amazon started testing the electrical supply van in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Scaringe stated Rivian has “constructed tons of of autos as a part of our validation course of, with lots of these noticed out within the wild coated in distinctive vinyl wraps.” He additionally addressed why these autos haven’t been delivered to prospects, noting that the corporate believes “it’s important to each our long-term success and your final satisfaction that the standard and robustness of our launch merchandise actually units the tone for what to anticipate from us as a model.”
The founder and CEO additionally acknowledged that the corporate wanted to enhance the way it communicates specifics round deliveries.