After kicking off deliveries of its R1T electric pickup truck in September to much fanfare, we now have a chance to monitor how far Rivian has come. According to the Illinois-based electric vehicle startup, things are not looking bad for a company just getting into actual production.
The company has delivered a total of 386 units of both the R1T and R1S SUV as of December 15th. Total production stood at 652 units.
Rivian produced and delivered only two R1S SUVs, meaning the numbers for the pickup truck are 650 produced and 384 delivered. It also means 266 R1Ts are awaiting delivery. While the R1S number is low, Rivian still reached its aim of starting production and delivery of the SUV in 2021.
These numbers represent much improvements from Rivian because it was able to produce and deliver 470 and 228 R1T respectively in 45 days, bringing the average daily production to 10.4, compared to 3.8 per day in the first 48 days.
Rivian’s report continues, “Our first consumer vehicles, the R1T and R1S, are our handshake with the world and the first step in building a relationship with our customers. In September, we delivered our first R1T. This was an emotional moment for our team who have poured its energy and soul into bringing this vehicle to life. As of December 15, 2021, we have produced 652 R1 vehicles and delivered 386 of those, including the production and sale of our first two R1S vehicles earlier this week.”
Despite the positivity of the report, the numbers indicate Rivian will miss its target of 1200 units of the R1T and R1S by the end of the year. It will close the year with a deficit of hundreds.
“Our team is incredibly focused on ramping our production output to get vehicles to our excited customers. We expect to be a few hundred vehicles short of our 2021 production target of 1,200, however, we are encouraged by the progress and learnings our team continues to incorporate into our operations. We are continuously improving as we refine our manufacturing operations and remain focused on ensuring the highest possible level of product safety and quality as well as the health and safety of our employees.”
Rivian has revealed 2022 is going to be a busy year as it will commence volume production of the two consumer vehicles and the EDV 700, for which Amazon placed an order of 100,000.
Production is focused at the Normal plant in Illinois, measuring 3.3 million square feet. The site can produce 150,000 vehicles per year, but an upcoming investment will increase the capacity to 200,000. It has two separate lines for the body shop and general assembly. Single battery unit, drive unit, and stamping unit serve both lines.
The Rivian EDV, which Amazon wants to use for making package deliveries, will enter production in 2022, with 10,000 units to be shipped out. The company has until 2025 to deliver the order. The EDV 700 van has been certified and has a range of 201 miles. A smaller variant, the EDV 500 will be certified next year and also enter production.
“We plan to deliver our first saleable EDVs to Amazon this month. Every commercial vehicle sold to Amazon is complemented by FleetOS, our proprietary, end-to-end, centralized fleet management platform with a recurring monthly subscription fee.”
Rivian also saw a significant jump in reservation for the R1T and R1S, most likely buoyed by the extremely positive review the first delivered units of the truck got from the public. The total now stands at about 71,000.
September ended with 48,390 pre-orders, but by the end of October, the figure had jumped to 55,400.
“As of the end of our third quarter (September 30, 2021), we had approximately 48K R1 preorders from customers across the United States and Canada. Since then, we have seen accelerated growth in the daily number of preorders due to media attention and the positive experience consumers and the media have had with our R1 vehicles. As of December 15, 2021, we had approximately 71K R1 preorders.”