Deliveries were initially expected in 2020, then June, July, and now September.
The pandemic’s far-reaching effects are greater than expected.
The R1S is facing the same issues.
This is essentially another story involving the side effects of the global pandemic. Rivian initially planned to produce and deliver its first R1T and R1S electric trucks last year but the universe had different plans. This year, however, one of the issues is the chip shortage that is plaguing the entirety of the automotive industry, among others.
Earlier this year, RJ Scaringe, Rivian CEO, settled on June for initial deliveries only to push back to July. But now, the plan has changed. According to The Verge, Scaringe emailed buyers and reservation holders with the bad news.
“We know you can’t wait to get behind the wheel of your vehicle,” Scaringe wrote in the email. “Earlier this summer, we announced that deliveries would begin in July; however, the timing for the first deliveries of the R1T has shifted to September, with the R1S shortly thereafter in the fall. I wanted to be sure you heard this from me directly.” He added: “Everything from facility construction to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors) has been impacted by the pandemic,”