Having covered this pressing matter, Rivian appears to be looking forward to extending its sales to specialized fleets. The administrator of the Rivian Owners Forum makes a case for police interceptors thanks to “a special seat patent that was filed late last year.” The seat “wouldn’t interfere with gear that first responders wear nearly all the time.”
The administrator has duly uploaded two renderings of the R1T and R1S with U.S. and Dubai police liveries, and boy – they look so good! The SUV is the more no-nonsense design of the two thanks to steelies, push bars, and mirror-mounted spot lights. The forum where these renderings are posted also includes a 6x6 overlanding rig, a six-wheeled R1T with huge wheels as well as ginormous fender flares for good measure.
Forum member eHauler shared his own vision of the R1S for the U.S. Forest Service. This rendering is far more conventional than the 6x6 mentioned in the previous paragraph, but nevertheless, it shows that Rivian’s electric utility vehicle has aftermarket potential.
On an ending note, the Michigan-based company will manufacture the R1T and R1S as the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois. Rivian paid $16 million for the facility and land on which it stands in 2017. To get the factory going, approximately $150 million will be spent.
Hey VJ! Great question. Coronavirus will not impact our production schedule. Production starts at the end of 2020. Depending on your place in the preorder list, along with the vehicle specs you choose at configuration, delivery will follow.— Rivian (@Rivian) March 16, 2020