The Adventure trims goes first in May.
The Explore version is expected to start in August of 2022.
Rivian probably could not have ended the 2021 calendar year on a higher note. Its IPO took off like the James Webb Space Telescope a few months ago and so far, all reviews of the R1T electric truck are extremely positive. Following now typical delays, production dates for the R1S are now official.
The plan will be to begin production of the R1S by rolling the upper-trim Adventure version off the assembly line starting in May 2022 according to the Rivian Owners Forum. In the US, this trim starts at $75,500 while in Canada, it’s a whopping $101,250. Margins being greater with the more expensive truck, it makes sense for Rivian to proceed in this manner. The more affordable Explore iteration, at $70,000 in the US and $94,000 in Canada, will follow in August of 2022.
The differences between the two trims boil down to the following: the Adventure gets a Meridian audio system, natural-grained ash wood interior finishes, heated and cooled seats, driver and passenger lumbar adjustment, 100% recycled microfiber headliner, and a few other items.
Both R1S will be delivered with the large battery pack at first (316 miles or 480 km of range) and offer seating for five or seven passengers.