Nevertheless, Rivian announced the first two “deliveries” of the R1S SUV last week, with more to come by the end of the year. This is despite an announcement made earlier that warned customers of lengthy delays that could push the deliveries as far as next summer. Now, Rivian also revealed who were the lucky folks that put their hand on the R1S’s wheel.
The company shared in a tweet the two cars were handed over to the company’s CEO RJ Scaringe and CFO Claire McDonald. It is not unusual, at least for Rivian, as you remember the first R1T pick-up was also delivered to RJ Scaringe. Most of the initial R1Ts ware also delivered to Rivian’s employees and only recently did the outside customers start receiving their cars.
Based on that, we expect the next R1S deliveries to also be for Rivian employees, presumably to those who didn’t want or need a pick-up truck. It could be considered as some sort of internal beta-testing before the cars get in the hands of actual customers. This allows for ironing out some teething problems, mostly software we guess, as not much can be changed that far into the production cycle.
Based on the recent Q3 2021 report, Rivian has more than 70,000 preorders for the R1T/R1S duo. As of December 15, the production count reached 652, with 386 of those already delivered, including the two R1S SUVs.
We made our first R1S deliveries last week from our factory in Normal, IL to RJ and our CFO Claire. We’re working towards ramping production over the next few months on our way to full volume production. Thanks to our team for all the hard work to make it happen! pic.twitter.com/Ql9Di2ySBE— Rivian (@Rivian) December 20, 2021