Is this the best name Rivian could have come up with?
With the upcoming launches of the Tesla Cybertruck and Ford F-150 Lightning, the electric pickup truck market is about to expand rapidly. Customer deliveries of the F-150 Lightning are scheduled to start in spring 2022 and the Cybertruck has also been delayed. A relative newcomer, Rivian, on the other hand, is pushing ahead with the production of the R1T truck and R1S SUV.
Originally, the first deliveries for the R1T and R1S were supposed to start in July but challenges brought by the pandemic have delayed the launch of the R1T until September, while the R1S is expected to arrive later in the fall.
This delay will also enable Rivian to focus on developing its electric delivery vans for Amazon. As part of a huge $700 million investment from Amazon, Rivian is building a fleet of 100,000 electric delivery vans that will revolutionize the commercial market. Series production isn't starting until later this year, but a few test vans have already been spotted on the streets making deliveries in Los Angeles.
Rivian's Amazon delivery van doesn't have an official name yet, but a trademark filing spotted by the Rivian Owners Forum suggests it will be called the "RCV." If you hadn't guessed already, "RCV" most likely stands for "Rivian Commercial Vehicle."
Admittedly, it's not the most inspiring name Rivian could have come up with. Get used to seeing them on the road because Rivian is aiming to deploy 10,000 RCV vans in 2022.
This isn't the only model Rivian is working on. Last month, we discovered trademarks for the model names R3S, R4S, R5S, R3T, R4T, and R5T. Rivian has already announced plans to introduce six new models by 2025, so these could be the successors to the R1T and R1S. Based on Rivian's current naming convention, the "S" models will be SUVs and the "T" models will be pickup trucks.