They currently have 55,400 R1 vehicle pre-orders.
Production is slowly ramping up. During the last week of October, they assembled 104 R1Ts.
The Normal, Illinois Factory is equipped to annually produce up to 150,000 vehicles.
Rivian’s production schedule is ramping up, if at a snail’s pace at the moment. During the last week of October, 104 new R1T trucks which means that they should manage to deliver 1,000 vehicles by year’s end. This partially explains why they do not expect to deliver all 55,400 pre-orders before the end of 2023.
Their current installation, in Normal, Illinois known as the “Normal Factory”, is fitted to see 150,000 vehicles roll off the assembly line annually. That number is divided between R1 vehicles, the R1T pickup and the R1S SUV, and RCV platform vehicles. The latter is the commercial vehicles such as the ones promised to Amazon, one of Rivian’s shareholders.
Of the 150,000 annually assembled vehicles, 65,000 will be of the R1 type while 85,000 will be RCVs. These targets will not be reached before late 2023 which serves to explain why it will take another two years for many pre-order holders to receive their anticipated new utility EVs.
In the comments section of the Rivian Owners Forum, many bring up the fact that Rivian’s yet to address the Max Battery Pack situation for R1 vehicles. Some state that they won’t wait it out as the Ford Lightning and Tesla Cybertruck will or should be already on the road by then.