Initially, deliveries were planned for January 2022.
Now they’ve been delayed to as far back as July 2022, or later.
Delivery delays have become the norm in the automotive industry over the last 18 months. Supply-chain issues and parts shortages have plagued production all over the world. And while Rivian does not specify why R1S SUV deliveries will be delayed by many months, we suspect this could be a reason.
The previous bit of news from Rivian pertaining to the R1S SUV involved the important fact that production at the Normal, Illinois plant was to begin in December 2021. This meant that deliveries were to start in January 2022.
Unfortunately, R1S reservation holders have recently received emails from Rivian stating that deliveries will now be delayed by numerous months. One such email shared by Insideevs shows that one reservation holder will have to wait until June or July of 2022 before seeing their new electric SUV.
Some customers were told that their delivery window has been pushed as far back as September. These pre-orders are for the R1S Launch Edition and not for the others. Considering these new dates are for the Launch Edition, “regular” R1S version reservation holders are not likely to get their SUVs before 2023.
With all this, Rivian has curiously not mentioned any start-of-production date for the R1S.