Tesla Cybertruck's Competition Is Beating It To Market

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Posted on EVANNEX on October 07, 2021 by Charles Morris

Even Tesla can’t win ‘em all. The symbolic victory of producing the first mass-market electric pickup truck has been snatched by a rival startup. The first production Rivian R1T electric pickup truck recently rolled off the assembly line at the company’s factory in Normal, Illinois.  

“After months of building pre-production vehicles, this morning our first customer vehicle drove off our production line,” wrote Rivian founder and CEO, RJ Scaringe. “Our team’s collective efforts have made this moment possible. Can’t wait to get these into the hands of our customers!”

The company hasn’t said who will get this first “Rivian blue” truck, but more should be hitting the street quickly. “Rivian vehicles are fully certified by NHTSA, EPA and CARB, and are ready for sale in all 50 states,” says the company. Deliveries of Rivian’s Launch Edition R1T, which comes equipped with a 135 kWh battery pack, may have begun by the time you read this.

The EPA has officially estimated the range of the R1T pickup truck at 314 miles, and the R1T SUV’s at 316 miles. Prices will start at $67,500.

Rivian is also gearing up to produce commercial delivery vans for Amazon. The Illinois factory has two separate production lines—one for the R1 vehicles and the other for the commercial vans. Amazon has ordered 100,000 units and has been testing the electric delivery van in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Deliveries are to start later this year.

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