Rivian is pushing again deliveries of its long-awaited R1T electrical pickup truck and R1S SUV a number of extra months as a consequence of delays in manufacturing attributable to “cascading impacts of the pandemic,” notably the continuing world scarcity of semiconductor chips, in keeping with a letter despatched to clients from CEO RJ Scaringe. The R1T deliveries will start in September with the R1S to comply with “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,” have been supposed to start 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. As an example, GM is now constructing sure mid- and full-sized SUVs with no wi-fi cellphone charging characteristic as a consequence of 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 12 months.
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 automobile. 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 straight.
There are various explanation why our manufacturing ramp is taking longer than anticipated. The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding impact larger than anybody anticipated. All the pieces from facility development, to tools set up, to automobile 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 fancy orchestra of coordinated and interlinked actions the place small points can translate into ramp delays.
Scaringe supplied just a few extra particulars concerning the firm’s progress, together with it now employs greater than 7,000 individuals. The Rivian manufacturing facility in Regular, Illinois, has two separate manufacturing strains producing autos, in keeping with Scaringe. One is devoted for the R1 autos and different line is for its industrial 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 12 months, Amazon started testing the electrical supply van in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Scaringe mentioned Rivian has “constructed a whole bunch of autos as a part of our validation course of, with lots of these noticed out within the wild lined in distinctive vinyl wraps.” He additionally addressed why these autos haven’t been delivered to clients, noting that the corporate believes “it’s essential to each our long-term success and your final satisfaction that the standard and robustness of our launch merchandise really 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.