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Rivian Delays Delivery Until September

Rivian is set to deliver one of the most highly-anticipated electric vehicles to date with the R1T pickup, but the company said Friday that there will be a delay.

In an email to reservation holders, Chief Executive RJ Scaringe said initial deliveries won’t begin until September. The R1S sport utility vehicle will be delivered “shortly thereafter, he said. The company hoped to ship the pickup in July.

According to Scaringe’s email:

There are many reasons why our production ramp is taking longer than expected. The cascading impacts of the pandemic have had a compounding effect greater than anyone anticipated. Everything from facility construction, to equipment installation, to vehicle component supply (especially semiconductors) has been impacted by the pandemic. Beyond these unforeseen challenges, launching three new vehicles while setting up a multi-vehicle manufacturing plant is a complex orchestra of coordinated and interlinked activities where small issues can translate into ramp delays.

Scaringe said the company has produced hundreds of vehicles to date, including a line of delivery vans for Amazon.

LoudMusic

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I don't have a reservation but I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing their vehicles. I hope they have a successful launch. It's very important to make a good first impression.

It also makes me wonder, what seems to be a man-power issue, if they'd be interested in hiring additional staff to operate the facility 24/7 and compensate predominantly in stock shares.
 

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they are hiring like gangbusters right now. several of my colleagues are there and they all like it.

I dont know any more than this, but with the hiring spree, I take that as a good sign. and with lots of new people, there will be a learning curve so not everyone hits the ground running. but a company doing major up-staffing is always a good sign.
 
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Someone should tell RJ that perfection is the enemy of good enough.

I really hate the thought of buying a gas guzzler pickup this year and trading it in for an EV next year, but I am getting closer to doing that now.
 
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Was fully expecting this after not hearing a peep from Rivian as their prior July deliveries timeline arrived. Reading between the lines, it sounds like the main culprit is the chip shortage that's impacting the entire auto industry; not much they can do about this. Hopefully, the start of production doesn't get pushed back into next year.
 

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Someone should tell RJ that perfection is the enemy of good enough.

I really hate the thought of buying a gas guzzler pickup this year and trading it in for an EV next year, but I am getting closer to doing that now.

There is a sign on the wall at the marine service center I use that says "Done is better than Perfect". Sometimes you just want to be done.
 
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Yeah. So the saga continues. I think even IF they deliver by end of year, which they prob won't, it will a few units.

I think in 3-5 years, once there is a place to charge this thing and there is a place to fix this thing, it might be a decent company. But by then the big auto might have some good stuff, or at least some competitive stuff.
 

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Yeah. So the saga continues. I think even IF they deliver by end of year, which they prob won't, it will a few units.

I think in 3-5 years, once there is a place to charge this thing and there is a place to fix this thing, it might be a decent company. But by then the big auto might have some good stuff, or at least some competitive stuff.

Omitting the original Roadster, how long was it from Tesla announcing the Model S to them actually delivering vehicles? And then providing a charging network that allowed people to drive more than between SF and LA? At least when Rivian's first car rolls off the line it will be able to drive anywhere the US, much of Canada, and even parts of Mexico.

I'm excited for it. I don't think I want the first round of Rivians, but maybe the second? I bought an early Model Y but Tesla had already sorted out a LOT by then, generally speaking, and even quite a lot on the Model Y itself (based on Model 3 research).
 

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Yeah. So the saga continues. I think even IF they deliver by end of year, which they prob won't, it will a few units.

I think in 3-5 years, once there is a place to charge this thing and there is a place to fix this thing, it might be a decent company. But by then the big auto might have some good stuff, or at least some competitive stuff.
I do not think it will take 3-5 years, but again like Tesla was it is a start up.
 

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apple was very late to the mp3 player market. they watched and let others try things and some worked and some worked less well.

eventually apple came in and established themselves as a leader in that field, of sorts.

not saying they will for cars (lol; I know they have some pet projects that are car related, but, well, even they dont know what they want). but the point is that you have an advantage if you let others 'play around and learn the hard way'; and you can come in and leverage the good ideas while not even having invested any time or energy in bad code or designs.

so, the time to market should go down, as the art of 'self driving' increases, in the industry.

even rocket science isn't rocket science anymore (ha! another elon reference). if elon had to start from where nasa started, he would not even finish a single launch in his lifetime. he benefited strongly by standing on shoulders of giants.

other vendors will also gain this boost.
 

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IMHO they should concentrate on building Amazon delivery vans. It is not as glamorous as an "Adventure vehicle". But a bird in hand...
And that seems to be exactly what they are doing.


However, these delays for retail customers have not impacted the start-up’s plans to provide electric delivery vans to its partner and investor Amazon. Spokespeople for both companies confirmed that Rivian still plans to start production of the vans beginning this year, and with a goal of putting 10,000 vehicles on the road as early as 2022.
 
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I do not think it will take 3-5 years, but again like Tesla was it is a start up.
When tesla started there was no competition.

Rivian is swimming against a very significant tide, with not much of a strong offering.

Again I'm rooting for them bit it doesn't look like it will be able to swim well. But we shall see.

You think they will will have a great charging network and robust service centers in less than 3 years? No way.
 
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When tesla started there was no competition.

Rivian is swimming against a very significant tide, with not much of a strong offering.

Again I'm rooting for them bit it doesn't look like it will be able to swim well. But we shall see.

You think they will will have a great charging network and robust service centers in less than 3 years? No way.
wow, your xtal ball sees quite far into the future.

swimming against a tide? like, there are lots of electric trucks out there in that market, already??

hmmm.
 

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It’s going to be another American-made high quality electric vehicle. And they’re back to by Amazon, so they have a very deep pockets and a company steeped in a spirit of innovation. Looking forward to the launch and wishing them nothing but the best.
 
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wow, your xtal ball sees quite far into the future.

swimming against a tide? like, there are lots of electric trucks out there in that market, already??

hmmm.
Lol. Ur right. No trucks yet. But I'm talking overall EVS and infrastructure. Specifically tesla.

Also tesla had proven itself in the market hence it's cyber truck, while not out yet, is much more likely to make it and succeed. Yes I know it looks weird but the specs are key.

I DO like the rivian look and do wish for it to succeed, more competition is better. I just don't see it happening. But we shall see!