In the latest development, Rivian sent a letter to R1T and R1S reservation holders with Ocean Coast interiors that their vehicles would be further delayed. According to Electrek, the reason behind the delay is “adjusting the production sequence to maximize production output.” Rivian is no doubt trying to reduce production complexity to move more vehicles down the production line.
“The light wood in Ocean Coast is more challenging to produce, so in order to move faster, we are focusing initially on producing with Black Mountain and Forest Edge,” writes the letter. “We are also using more batching of exterior colors and wheel options. [...] While these ramp-optimized build plans may affect some people’s delivery timing — moving some up and some back — this will enable us to deliver as many vehicles as quickly as possible.”
This did come at an unfortunate timing as Ford launched the F-150 Lightning production the very same day. Perhaps trying to make the news more palatable, Rivian’s CEO RJ Scaringe took to Twitter with an interesting announcement. The R1S and R1T will gain a new “Sand mode” in a future OTA update, and Scaringe shared a video of a prototype testing the said feature.
Not only that, but Rivian will also offer new features inspired by Tesla, like a Dog mode and a Dashcam feature. This was also confirmed by RJ Scaringe in a reply to another Twitter user. The former is particularly useful to pet owners. It allows them to keep the cabin at a constant temperature so that the pets can stay in the car while the owner is shopping or eating. The Dashcam would probably put the Rivian cameras to good use, recording what’s going on around the vehicle.
Sand mode — coming in a future OTA update pic.twitter.com/8Q5NwIgImE— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) April 26, 2022