Driven by CEO RJ Scaringe.
We've been covering the doings of Rivian for close to four years now. This EV newcomer has had its ups and downs, but has certainly made its mark on the electric vehicle landscape, and has larger players such as Tesla a bit worried. Rivian is home to the R1S SUV and the R1T truck, and despite setback after setback, it would seem that the company finally has its ducks in a row.
According to leaked images shared on the Rivian Owners Forum, the first R1T truck has finally rolled off of the production line at the company's plant in Normal, Illinois. The screengrabs, originally shared as a video by Rivian employee William Warren, show hundreds of Rivian workers celebrating the historic moment.
According to Warren, Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe was behind the wheel of the first Rivian vehicle for sale to the public.
"Rivian's first sellable vehicle, the R1T. A lot of hard work and long days have gone into the programming to build this vehicle, it was sweet to see that hard work drive by with RJ behind the wheel" he said in a Facebook post.
Scaringe later confirmed the news on his Twitter account, saying "After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line in Normal! Our Team's collective efforts have made this moment possible. Can't wait to get these into the hands of our customers."
Back in November of 2020, Rivian's online configurator went live, and soon after, the company announced that the first-editions of its R1T truck had sold out. The Launch Edition truck sold for $75,000 and features special badging, 20-inch all-terrain or 22-inch sport wheel upgrades, perforated vegan leather upholstery with heated and ventilated seats, natural-grained ash wood interior trim, and an upgraded audio system.
The news also coincides with the rollout of Rivian's Waypoint charging system which is set to reach 3,500 chargers by 2023.