The first production trucks only left the assembly line a week ago.
Well, that didn't take too long, did it? It was just a few days ago that the first production examples of the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck began rolling off the production line in Normal, Illinois. Unfortunately, the first known case of an R1T truck getting involved in an accident has been shared by a user on Rivian Forums. The good news is that this doesn't look like a customer vehicle as it's covered in a camouflage wrap. The accident itself also doesn't appear serious. Then again, the driver of the Rivian could perhaps have chosen something less expensive to collide with than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
A third vehicle, a Ford Explorer, looks to have suffered by far the most damage. The Explorer's front-end seems to have suffered from the brunt of the impact. Although there isn't a clear view of it, we can see enough to know that it's badly damaged. The R1T itself seems to have held up fine, with apparently no structural damage, bolstering the argument that modern trucks are a hazard to smaller vehicles. Based on the pictures, it appears as though the R1T truck left the road, possibly because the driver lost control, and surged through a bush before crashing into the parked cars.
The incident took place close to Rivian Irvine in Irvine, California. According to the user on Rivian Forums, the truck seems as if it was traveling south on Myford Rd before missing the turn. Of course, these are just assumptions as the Rivian driver could potentially have been avoiding a hazard or was maybe run off the road by another driver. While we're more accustomed to seeing drivers of sports cars like the Corvette C8 lose control of their vehicles, hopefully this marks the first and last time that Rivian's new truck is involved in such an incident.