The Rivian R1T has been delayed again
Things just keep getting worse and worse for the company's early adopters...
If you're an early customer of the Rivian R1T and you're waiting on when you can get your hands on your brand new truck for the first time, you'll probably be feeling a bit miffed by now. In an e-mail sent out earlier this month to people who've placed pre-orders for the truck, Rivian announced that the R1T has been delayed yet again. The truck that was originally supposed to be ready for customers by 2020 will now not be sent out to its first buyers until Septmeber this year. This follows another delay that was announced in May where Rivian said that the first trucks wouldn't be delivered until July.
Why is the Rivian R1T taking so long? Well, according to the company, it's because of both ongoing construction projects at its factory in Illinois and issues relating to the global semiconductor shortage. "The timing for the first deliveries of the R1T has shifted to September," a Rivian spokesperson told The Drive regarding the delays. "As you likely know, the impact of Covid on the supply chain has had a compounding impact. Everything from facility construction to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors), has been impacted by the pandemic."
"Our Guides will continue reaching out to schedule deliveries and will be there for any questions our pre-order customers have during this process," concluded Rivian's spokesperson.
It's not just the R1T that's been affected either. Rivian's R1S SUV, a massive family off-roader with similar styling to the R1T, will also be a victim of the delays. It'll now be shipping out to customers at some point late in the year between September and December. It's unknown whether Rivian's commercial vans for Amazon are affected as a result of this as well, although Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe did mention them in the e-mail as he cited the complexity and difficulty of launching three new vehicles at essentially the same time.
The R1S SUV has been affected by the delays as well (Image: Rivian)
Whilst it'll be a big disappointment for Rivian customers that they'll have to wait a bit longer, it's something that's not really the company's fault at all. The global semiconductor shortage has affected every car manufacturer across the world, with some being affected so badly that production has had to be temporarily halted. Rivian is far from an isolated case when it comes to this. As for the manufacturing issues, well it was never going to be easy for Rivian to launch a pickup truck, an SUV and a commercial van at the same time with all three vehicles being produced in the same former Mitsubishi facility. With both these factors in play, it's not surprising that fairly small problems such as a lack of semiconductors and ongoing work on parts of the factory itself can build up into much bigger issues down the line.
Hopefully, Rivian customers will be very happy to receive their new vehicles after such a long delay. Scaringe certainly thinks they will; he was adamant to customers that it'll "be worth the wait" when they finally arrive. Let's hope that he's right...